HC Deb 10 June 1953 vol 516 cc217-8
50. Mr. J. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why Chief Kawinga, from Nyasaland, was kept in a police station for a week preceding his departure for the Coronation, and was taken direct from there to the aeroplane.

Mr. Lyttelton

The hon. Member has been misinformed. Chief Kawinga left his village two days before his departure to the United Kingdom. He was unwilling to stay in Blantyre, for fear of intimidation, to which many opponents of federation are now resorting and he gratefully accepted accommodation for two nights in a vacant house at the Police Training School, Zomba. He was naturally provided with a Government car to take him to the airport, but there was no police escort.

Mr. Johnson

I have a letter from a European of the highest integrity whom I know personally, and if I show this letter to the right hon. Gentleman will he agree to think again about this matter and to speak to me in a somewhat different fashion?

Mr. Lyttelton

I am only too glad of any opportunity to talk to the hon. Gentleman at any time on any subject, but I am afraid that any letters which he produces will not alter my opinion or what I have said because I have all the facts categorically put down and I can support them with documents, if need be.

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