HC Deb 30 April 1928 vol 216 cc1314-5
6. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, if he is aware that the governor of Kenya visited the lands it is proposed to alienate from the Samburu tribe in that Colony in December last; whether he has received any Report from the governor regarding the project of alienating this land; if so, whether he published it; whether he will call for full minutes of meetings held with the natives and with prospective settlers in connection with the pro- posed removal of this tribe; what are the boundaries suggested for the new Samburu reserve; and whether he proposes to satisfy himself of the availability in future of water, salt and grazing for the natives of the Samburu tribe if and when they are evicted?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Amery)

I am aware that in December last the Governor visited the Northern Frontier Province, including portions of the territory occupied by the Samburu or over which they may have roamed, but I am not aware that it is proposed either to alienate land from the tribe or to evict them. The Governor will report fully to me if and when any change in the present situation is proposed, and I see no reason to take any action in the matter at present.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Can the right hon. Gentleman give me something more positive? Can he say it is not intended to deprive this tribe of their grazing land?


If the hon. and gallant Gentleman will look at the last part of my answer he will see that the Governor will let me know if any such question is likely to arise.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Will the right hon. Gentleman draw the Governor's attention to what happened to Ahab when he coveted Naboth's vineyard?