The British colonialists allegedly tortured and killed many Mau Mau members. According to the Kenyan Human Rights Commission 90,000 were executed or tortured during the crackdown and close to 160,000 detained in appalling conditions.
The four claimants were supposedly beaten, castrated and subjected to severe sexual violence. The UK government says that the amount of time since the alleged incidents does not allow for persecution. Alan Lennox-Boyd, secretary of state in Kenya at that time, repeatedly denied the allegations despite receiving secret memorandums with information about the ill-treatment of Mau Mau detainees.
The Mau Mau took a strong role in the gain of Kenya’s independence but were also accused of crimes against white farmers and British forces.