HC Deb 10 June 1880 vol 252 cc1619-20

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether it is true that 200 Cape Mounted Rifles have been removed to Basutoland?


It appears to be quite true that a troop was sent into Basutoland; but it was sent not to disarm the Basutos, but to keep Moirosi's country clear of thieves and squatters, with the result, I trust, that that territory may be reserved for the convenience of the loyal Basutos in the spirit of the despatch from the Secretary of State, which will be found at page 49 of the South Africa Papers delivered this morning, and which, I venture to hope, will be approved by the hon. Baronet, who knows these subjects so well, and by the House.