Arrest (Thuku).

Oral Answers to Questions — Kenya Colony. – in the House of Commons on 23rd March 1922.

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Photo of Colonel Josiah Wedgwood Colonel Josiah Wedgwood , Newcastle-under-Lyme

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can give the House any information as to the reasons for the arrest of Thuku, in Kenya Colony, and as to the circumstances which occurred in connection with that arrest?

Photo of Hon. Edward Wood Hon. Edward Wood , Ripon

I have no information beyond what has been published. The Governor has promised a despatch, and when I have received it I will consider what further announcement can be made.

Photo of Colonel Josiah Wedgwood Colonel Josiah Wedgwood , Newcastle-under-Lyme

Will the hon. Gentleman consider the desirability of asking the Governor what it was Thuku was advocating which brought him into trouble with the police?

Photo of Hon. Edward Wood Hon. Edward Wood , Ripon

We have asked the Governor for a very full report of the whole proceedings, and obviously that will include the reasons which led to the trouble.

Photo of Lord Henry Cavendish-Bentinck Lord Henry Cavendish-Bentinck , Nottingham South

Will the hon. Gentleman consider as to appointing a Committee to inquire into the whole question of native unrest in Kenya?

Photo of Hon. Edward Wood Hon. Edward Wood , Ripon

I have no reason to think that that is necessary. The Noble Lord will be quite mistaken if he infers from this unfortunate episode that there is any native unrest in Kenya.

Photo of Lord Henry Cavendish-Bentinck Lord Henry Cavendish-Bentinck , Nottingham South

Is not the hon. Gentleman aware that there is very serious unrest, and, moreover, well-grounded unrest, because no native can have a legal title to land in Kenya Colony?

Photo of Colonel Josiah Wedgwood Colonel Josiah Wedgwood , Newcastle-under-Lyme

Was any damage done to the police or was it only the natives who suffered?

Photo of Hon. Edward Wood Hon. Edward Wood , Ripon

As far as my information goes, there were no casualties to Government employés. With regard to the question of the Noble Lord, I have no knowledge of the fact he alleges, and I strongly deprecate any suggestion that there is any such discontent as he suggests.