HC Deb 26 March 1930 vol 237 c408

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies how the constituted native authorities in Kenya Colony are appointed; and whether the natives have any voice in such appointments?


When a local native council has been established by the Governor-in-Council under the Native Authority Ordinance, the, Governor appoints as members of the council such headmen or other natives as he thinks fit; but before any person other than an official headman is appointed, the natives of the area concerned are given an opportunity to nominate suitable persons to represent their interests and these names are submitted to the Governor with the recommendation of the District Commissioner. Under the same Ordinance, provision is made for the Governor to appoint any chief or other native whom he may think suitable to be an official headman.