In the looming shadow of King Charles
III’s visit to our nation, we find ourselves confronted by a stark and
unsettling reality. His presence serves as a jarring reminder of an
old-world order, a fading relic of redundant and defeated feudal forces
that once dominated Europe.
King Charles III embodies a symbol of wanton
robbery, echoing the exploitation of the global south.
Welcomed by a select few among the
predator class, the filthy rich, his visit has ignited widespread
discontent among the majority of Kenyans. In the midst of this unrest,
the pockets of demonstrations being stifled by the Kenya police reflect a
society at a crossroads, wrestling with the weight of its past and the
desire for a more equitable future.
The Communist Party of Kenya stands in
solidarity with our fellow citizens who are demanding a public apology
and compensation for the egregious crimes committed by the British
colonial administration during their rule over Kenya. The scars of this
oppressive history still run deep within our society, and it is our
collective responsibility to ensure that justice prevails. This
injustice must be acknowledged, and amends must be made.
The suffering of our people at the hands
of the British colonialists cannot be understated. The pain, loss, and
trauma experienced by Kenyan families continue to haunt us to this day.
The struggles, the lives lost, the resources plundered, and the cultural
heritage stolen during this dark period of our history cannot be
ignored or brushed aside. It is a stain on the pages of history that
must be addressed.
In addition to an official apology, we
demand that the British government provides fair and just compensation
for the victims and descendants of those who endured the brutality of
colonial rule. This compensation should not be viewed as charity but as a
moral obligation to correct the historical injustices perpetrated by
the colonial powers.
Furthermore, we call for the immediate
closure of the British Army Training Unit in Kenya (BATUK). This
military base, a relic of the colonial era, poses a threat to our
national sovereignty and solidarity. It symbolizes the remnants of a
colonial mindset that has no place in the modern world. We believe in a
Kenya that is free from foreign military presence and interference,
where our people can chart their own destiny.
In addition to the demands for a public
apology, compensation, and the closure of BATUK, we must also address
the issue of land that, by and large, remains in the hands of British
multinational corporations and their local proxies. The legacy of
colonial land dispossession continues to perpetuate economic disparities
and social injustices within our nation. It is essential that we work
towards a fair and just redistribution of land, ensuring that the wealth
of our beautiful country benefits all Kenyan citizens, rather than a
Furthermore, one of the poignant demands
of our people is the identification and recognition of the final
resting place of the Kenyan freedom hero, Dedan Kimathi. His unwavering
courage and sacrifice for the cause of our nation’s independence is an
integral part of our history. The fact that he was hanged and buried in
an unknown location within Kamiti Maximum Prison is a glaring injustice
that must be rectified. We call upon the British administration to
cooperate in the efforts to locate and properly memorialize Dedan
Kimathi’s grave, allowing his spirit and legacy to inspire future
generations and stand as a symbol of the struggles and sacrifices made
for our freedom.
In addition to the demands for a public
apology, compensation, the closure of BATUK, land reform, and the
honouring of our national heroes, we must emphasize that the Communist
Party of Kenya reiterates its unwavering commitment to the ultimate goal
of true freedom for the majority of the Kenyan people. We release this
statement as a call to action, recognizing that while diplomatic
negotiations are vital, only resistance from below and the total
destruction of the neocolonial turbo-capitalist state in Kenya shall
guarantee genuine liberation for our citizens.
The struggle for justice, equality, and a
brighter future is not solely the responsibility of our leaders; it is
the collective duty of every Kenyan who longs for a just and equitable
society. Together, through grassroots activism, solidarity, and the
dismantling of the systems that perpetuate injustice, we can work toward
the true freedom that our people deserve. Let this statement serve as a
rallying cry for the ongoing struggle to create a Kenya where all its
citizens can enjoy the fruits of their labour and the benefits of
Down with Imperialism!
Long live Freedom Heroes!
Long Live CPK!
Solidarity in struggle,
Department of Propaganda of the Central Organizing Committee (DPCOC) of the Communist Party of Kenya (CPK)