HC Deb 09 May 1933 vol 277 cc1337-8

I desire to present a petition to this Honourable House. The petition is signed by 17 Africans, British subjects residing in the North Kavirondo reserve in Kenya Colony. The petitioners state that, the Native Land Trust Ordinance which was intended to secure their lands for ever, having been amended without the con- sent of the native authority, they have grave cause for anxiety as to the future as money cannot compensate them fully for lands taken. The petitioners ask that prospecting for gold may be undertaken by the Government rather than by individual prospectors, whose arrival in numbers has greatly disturbed their social life. They are further apprehensive of the introduction into the reserve of European laws, particularly that requiring Africans to carry registration badges. The petitioners therefore pray that the pledges given in respect of their land may be safeguarded and that this Honourable House will preserve an open mind and show abounding sympathy in the consideration of their case.