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Mau Mau Activities

Volume 640: debated on Tuesday 16 May 1961

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies to what extent reliable evidence available to the Governor of Kenya indicates that recent crimes of violence are attributable to Mau Mau or other organised gang activities; and if the Governor has considered it necessary to take further measures to strengthen inner security.

No possible line of inquiry is being excluded. There is no evidence to confirm that the perpetrators of recent crimes of violence are inspired by or owe allegiance to Mau Mau or any similar centrally directed illegal organisation. A dusk to dawn curfew has been imposed in the Njoro, Mau Narok and Elburgon areas of the Rift Valley as part of an intensive campaign on the part of the administration and the police to secure increased respect for law and order. Two companies of the Kings African Rifles are assisting the police in sweeps of the forest areas. The Governor will not hesitate to take further measures to strengthen internal security if he considers it necessary.