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Forfeiture Orders (Seized Property)

Volume 531: debated on Wednesday 28 July 1954

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78.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many oxen, sheep, goats, bicycles and motor vehicles have been attached and confiscated in Kenya under the ordinance authorising collective punishments; what sums have been realised by their sale; what form of judicial investigation is undertaken before collective punishment is imposed; and on how many occasions counsel have represented any of the parties so punished.

79.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the totals of cattle and small stock, of all kinds, seized from Kikuyu and other tribes of Kenya; what was the date of the last seizure; what numbers have been disposed of, and are still in the hands of the Government; if he is satisfied about the condition of the stock held by or on behalf of the Government; and what are the proposals of the Government regarding their return to their owners or for alternative disposal.

Forfeitures up to 24th July were 11,915 head of cattle and donkeys, 44,003 sheep, goats and pigs, 183 bicycles and one motor vehicle. The last forfeiture order was made on 10th June. All stock for which orders have been made has been disposed of, but 427 head of cattle and 353 sheep and goats are held pending decisions on forfeiture. Stock so held is cared for under the advice of the Veterinary Department and in satisfactory conditions.Full details of the circumstances of each seizure are reported, with a covering report and recommendations of the Provincial Commissioner, to the Governor, who decides, after the case has been scrutinised by the Chief Native Commissioner and the Attorney-General, whether or not a forfeiture order should be made. Counsel has represented parties so punished on one occasion. When a forfeiture order is made, the stock seized is sold; otherwise it is returned to the owners. Information about the amount realised by sales is not readily available but I will arrange for it to be sent to the hon. Member.