HC Deb 01 December 1948 vol 458 c1995
31. Mr. Rankin

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Kikuyu Central Association is now being allowed to function as a political body in Kenya; and why its Secretary has recently been arrested.

Mr. Creech Jones

This Association was proscribed in 1940. I understand that its Secretary was sentenced in September to 12 months' imprisonment. I am making inquiries into the matter and will write to the hon. Member.

Mr. Rankin

Will my right hon. Friend keep before him the fact that this is one of the most politically advanced tribes in Kenya and that this type of suppression is not a wise way of dealing with them?

Mr. Creech Jones

I am not aware of any suppression, but I am awaiting information from the Governor.