HC Deb 20 July 1955 vol 544 cc361-2
33. Mr. Hunter

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many Africans are imprisoned at Lokitaung in Northern Kenya; what are their daily rations; whether he is satisfied with their health conditions; whether there is a prison library; and what facilities exist for relatives to visit prisoners.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The six prisoners at Lokitaung are in excellent health and are well housed. There is a prison library and visits from relatives are permitted. Daily rations are laid down in the Kenya Prisons Rules, a copy of which is in the Library.

Mr. Brockway

Are Kenyatta and his colleagues among the six prisoners? Will the right hon. Gentleman allay the rumours which are widespread about their ill-health, so as to reassure Africans in Kenya?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Jomo Kenyatta is among these prisoners. The hon. Gentleman recently wrote to me about a suggestion that he was being employed in breaking stones and was in poor health. He is actually employed as cook for the other prisoners. He is in better health than when admitted to prison, and so far as I know all medical needs are being fully met.