HC Deb 22 July 1958 vol 592 cc215-6
43. Mr. Stonehouse

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what objections have been received from the Buganda Government to the Buganda Courts Ordinance; and what action the Uganda Government intend to take to resolve these differences.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The Kabaka's Government have objected to clauses in the draft Buganda Courts Bill which would separate the Kabaka and two Buganda Ministers from functions relating to the courts, remove existing anomalies about concurrent jurisdiction by Protectorate and Buganda courts and require the submission of certain returns about Buganda court cases to the High Court and Inspecting Officers. Negotiations are still continuing with the Kabaka's Government in the hope that they may be persuaded to withdraw the objections they have raised.

Mr. Stonehouse

I thank the Secretary of State for that reply. Can he assure the House that Buganda will not be allowed to have separate treatment from the rest of the Protectorate and that he will arrange for the law to apply to the Protectorate as a whole, with no special treatment for Buganda?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

As the hon. Member knows, under the Buganda Agreement of 1955—which had a general welcome in the House—amendments of a certain kind have to be agreed with the Kabaka's Government.

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