HC Deb 16 June 1954 vol 528 c1950
40. Mr. Rankin

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps he is taking or proposing to take to appoint a successor to the present exiled Kabaka of Buganda; and what consultations he has had on the matter, and with whom.

Mr. Lyttelton

It is for the Lukiko to elect a new Kabaka, and I sincerely hope that in due course they will see the advantages of doing so. I have held no consultations with anyone on this matter.

Mr. Rankin

Will the Minister assure us that no steps will be taken in this matter until the Hancock Commission has completed its report, lest prejudice be created?

Mr. Lyttelton

I cannot give that assurance because it is not in my disposition. The election of a new Kabaka is a matter for the Lukiko and I cannot bind them in this House or anywhere else.

Mr. McGovern

Is it not unique that a Tory Colonial Secretary should be sacking a king and the Socialists should be demanding a new king; and if we are needing a new Kabaka could not we recommend to the Lukiko the Duke of Windsor?