Oral Answers to Questions — Kenya (Alienation of Land).

– in the House of Commons on 31 July 1931.

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Photo of Mr James Horrabin Mr James Horrabin , Peterborough


asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is aware that land has recently been alienated from the Kikuyu tribe, Kenya, in the Kiambu district, to the extent of 145 acres at Fort Smith, 1,141 acres at Limuru, 849 acres near North-West Nairobi township, and 1,201 acres in South-East Limuru; and whether His Majesty's Government will give instructions that this land be returned, or adequate compensation paid, or land of equal value in some other convenient part of the Colony be given to the Kikuyu who have been dispossessed?

Photo of Dr Thomas Shiels Dr Thomas Shiels , Edinburgh East

My Noble Friend has no information regarding the alienations of land which are alleged to have taken place, but he is making enquiry of the Governor of Kenya. I would point out, however, that if the land in question is within a native reserve no alienation could take place except in accordance with the terms of the Native Lands Trust Ordinance under which native interests are fully safeguarded.