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Mau Mau Terrorists (Surrender Terms)

Volume 531: debated on Thursday 29 July 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the terms of surrender offered to Mau Mau adherents during the negotiations with General China.

Terrorists who surrendered, with their weapons, at places and times determined by the Government:

  • (a) would not be shot at while surrendering (but the cessation of operations during negotiations applied by agreement, in the forest areas only, not in the reserves);
  • (b) would not be ill-treated after surrender;
  • (c) would not be prosecuted for being in possession of arms and ammunition;
  • (d) would not be executed for crimes committed before the date of their surrender.
  • On the other hand those who surrendered would be put into detention camps, and the Government would decide how long they remained so detained.These terms applied only to the particular arrangements made as a result of "General China's" capture.