HC Deb 12 May 1936 vol 312 c203

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the petition from the North Kavirondo Central Association, of Kenya Colony, requesting the appointment of a paramount chief over their tribe has been given favourable consideration; and, if not, what are the grounds for rejection of the request?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. J. H. Thomas)

No, Sir. There was no reason to accept the petition. Paramount chiefs are not part of native institutions in Kenya as they are in some places. With the development of communications and local native councils the need for such an appointment has disappeared and a further appointment would not serve any useful purpose, nor would it carry any duties.


Do I understand that no paramount chiefs are appointed by the tribes in Kenya?


No; paramount chiefs usually take the position of representing their particular tribes. When the stage of development is reached in which there is a native council, there is no need for paramount chiefs, and no purpose would be served by their continuing.