Buganda

Oral Answers to Questions — Uganda – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd July 1959.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton 12:00 am, 23rd July 1959

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what progress has been made in the settlement of political differences between Buganda and the Government of Uganda.

Photo of Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd , Mid Bedfordshire

The Governor is continuing to explore ways of bringing about the early resumption of constitutional talks with the Buganda Government, and I am glad to say that His Highness the Kabaka made certain helpful references to the present disturbed state in Buganda in a speech to the Lukiko yesterday. If it should have the effect of ending the boycott and the disorders in Buganda, it might well be possible for local discussions to resume quite soon.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton

Does that mean that the Kabaka himself has withdrawn the opposition which he has sustained hitherto?

Photo of Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd , Mid Bedfordshire

I am not sure what the hon. Gentleman means by opposition. His Highness the Kabaka referred to the boycott, and it is to that part of his speech that I was referring.

Photo of Mr John Dugdale Mr John Dugdale , West Bromwich

Would it not be helpful if the Governor were from time to time to see delegations representative of the people from Buganda? Could the right hon. Gentleman say why it was that he refused to see a delegation of women recently and had them turned away from Government House by the police?

Photo of Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd , Mid Bedfordshire

No Governor in my experience has been more accessible to people who want to see him than the present Governor of Uganda, but it must be left to him to decide whom he sees and when.