HC Deb 27 November 1888 vol 331 cc309-10
DR. CLARK (Caithness)

asked the UnderSecretary of State for the Colonies, Whether it is the case that the Zulu Chiefs now being tried for treason at Ekowe are not defended by counsel; whether they desired to be defended by Mr. W. J. Campbell, of the Natal Bar, but that gentleman refused to act unless adequate time was allowed him to prepare the defence of the prisoners; whether Dinizulu, the late King of the Zulus, is also to be tried for treason, and whether his counsel, having been refused an interview with the ex-King, has also refused to act; whether the Secretary for the Colonies will procure "the full investigation into the matter" that he promised; and, whether there will be any investigation into the complaints of the Zulu Chiefs regarding the action of the Commissioners and Sub-Commissioners that caused the late disturbances in Zululand?


Sir Arthur Havelock reports that Miss Colenso had engaged Mr. Escombe for the defence, and that he himself would engage other counsel if occasion arose for doing so. With regard to the second paragraph of the Question, Her Majesty's Government have no information. Dinizulu will, no doubt—like the other Chiefs, as Her Majesty's Government now learn—be tried for treason as well as other crimes. The Secretary of State has no information as to his counsel. In answer to the fourth paragraph, the Secretary of State has no reason to doubt that there will be a full investigation into the case. The Secretary of State informed the Governor of Natal on the 22nd of October that he would reserve any further expression of opinion on the allegations made against Mr. Osborn and his subordinates until the conclusion of the approaching trial of the Usutu leaders, as the evidence which would be given before the special tribunal could hardly fail to throw further light upon the whole matter.