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Kenya (Native Songs And Dances)

Volume 237: debated on Thursday 3 April 1930

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware of the unrest among the Kikuyu in Kenya and that they openly threaten the wives and families of the white settlers if their customs are interfered with; and whether proper steps are being taken to protect the settlers in case of trouble?

My Noble Friend is expecting full information by despatch from the Governor of Kenya in regard to recent incidents in the Kikuyu Reserve. He is not aware that special measures for the protection of life have been thought necessary; but he feels sure that if cir- cumstances should make it desirable at any time to adopt measures to that end in the Kikuyu Province or any other part of the Colony—and on his present information he does not anticipate that such a situation will arise—the Government of Kenya may be relied upon to take the necessary action.

If I give the hon. Gentleman letters from some of the local newspapers, will he consider them?