HC Deb 18 October 1950 vol 478 cc2035-6
36. Sir W. Smithers

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he has studied a document, which has been sent to him from the representative of the Bataka, in which attention is called to the evils of deportation in Uganda and the resignation of the Governor is demanded; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. J. Griffiths

Yes, Sir. The author was found, in the published report of the judicial Commissioner who made the inquiry, to have been, more than anyone else, responsible for the riots in Buganda last year. There is no justification whatever for his claim to represent the Bataka, who are the hereditary clan leaders in Buganda. His latest production is a complete distortion of the truth. I do not propose to make any general statement, but I should gladly answer any questions which the hon. Member wishes to put down on points on which he would like accurate information.

Sir W. Smithers

Can the Minister undertake to pursue the traditional policy of this country in helping backward populations instead of treating them as the Communists do?

Mr. Griffiths

I think we are helping them and doing a very good job.

Mr. Martin Lindsay

Will the author of this particular document be prosecuted?

Mr. Griffiths

I could not answer that question without notice.