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Deportation Order, Kenya

Volume 443: debated on Thursday 30 October 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what are the reasons for the order for deportation of Mr. Chege Kihachia, recently made by the Acting Governor of Kenya; and why the preliminary investigations were held in camera.

Mr. Chege Kibachia was deported from the Coast Province of Kenya to the Rift Valley Province by an order made under the Kenya Deportation Ordinance, after proceedings as a result of which a judge of the Supreme Court found that he was conducting himself so as to be dangerous to peace and good order and accordingly recommended his deportation to the Acting Governor. The court found clear evidence that Mr. Kibachia threatened intimidation of workers, for example, by cutting off their ears, if they failed to participate in a projected strike; that these threats gained wide currency and caused great apprehension; and that thereby Mr. Kibachia was conducting himself so as to be a danger to peace and good order. The Ordinance provides that proceedings under it shall be in Chambers, no doubt to prevent intimidation of witnesses, of which there was evidence in this case.