Kenyans urged to spend British pay wisely

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Associated Press

Posted on July 4, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 4 at 11:33 AM

ENDANA, Kenya (AP) — Members of Kenya's Samburu and Maasai tribes who received payment from the British government say that the estimated 5,200 Kenyans waiting for compensation from Britain for colonial-era acts of torture should spend the money wisely.

Kipise Lourolkeek, one of the more than 220 Maasai injured by ordnance and compensated by Britain in 2002, is urging the next beneficiaries to "live humbly."

Lourolkeek, who was paid more than $211,000, says most of the cash is now gone, lost in part through frequent trips to the bar.

Last month Britain announced a settlement to pay $21.5 million to the 5,200 Kenyans who were found to have been tortured during the colonial era. That's about $4,100 for each victim, a substantial sum in a country where per capita income is about $1,800.

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