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Tanganyika (Meru Families)

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 9 April 1952

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many Meru families have been removed from the Ngare-Nanyuki area in Tanganyika; whether they have been settled satisfactorily in a new area; and whether he will give details of the consultation with the native authority which took place before the removal.

350 families were removed, but so far only 21 have settled in the prepared reception area. The remainder have moved elsewhere.The chief who was the Meru native authority during 1947 and 1948 agreed to the proposals, though with reluctance as far as the removal of these Meru was concerned. The final scheme was approved by my predecessor in 1949 and his decision was explained in detail to the native authority, which in the meantime had been reconstituted by the creation of a council advisory to the chief.