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King Charles acknowledges atrocities committed by British in Kenya during colonial rule

Anadolu Agency AFRICA
Published November 01,2023
Britain's King Charles III delivers his speech during the State Banquet hosted by Kenyan President William Ruto at the State House in Nairobi on October 31, 2023. (AFP Photo)

Britain's King Charles III acknowledged the painful past and unjustifiable acts of violence that led to the deaths of thousands of innocent people while Kenya was under British colonial rule.

Speaking at a banquet Tuesday held at State House in Nairobi, the monarch expressed deep regret for the actions of the past and emphasized the importance of facing history with honesty and openness.

"The wrongdoings of the past are a cause of the greatest sorrow and the deepest regret that were abhorrent and unjustifiable acts of violence committed against Kenyans, as they waged, as you said at the United Nations, a painful struggle for independence and sovereignty," King Charles told Kenyan President William Ruto.

During the heartfelt address, Charles recognized the wrongdoings of the past, particularly the atrocities committed during Kenya's quest for independence.

Thousands were killed, injured and endured immense suffering as they strived to break free from British colonial rule.

During his visit, King Charles said he had the opportunity to meet with individuals directly affected by the past wrongs.

Ruto in his response praised him for his courage in speaking about the untold suffering that Africans went through.

"Colonialism was brutal and atrocious to African people. The colonial reaction to African struggles for sovereignty and self-rule was monstrous in its cruelty," he said.

"Your exemplary courage and readiness to shed light on uncomfortable truths that reside in the darker regions of our shared experience are also commendable."

King Charles and Queen Camilla embarked on their historic four-day visit to Kenya on Oct. 31. The visit promises to strengthen ties and enhance cooperation between the UK and Kenya.

One of the highlights of Charles's visit was his meeting with Ruto, where they discussed various aspects of bilateral relations.