HC Deb 16 July 1959 vol 609 c580
48. Mr. Brockway

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if, in view of his renewed illness, ex-Senior Chief Koinange will now be permitted to return to his home in Kiambu; and if his two sons in Great Britain will be permitted to proceed to Kenya to visit him.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

As I stated in my reply to the hon. Member on 30th June, ex-Senior Chief Koinange's illness makes it impossible for him to return to Kiambu, even if the Governor were prepared to allow him to go.

On the second part of the Question, I am aware of no difficulty about Mr. Joseph Karuga's return to Kenya. As regards Mr. Peter Mbiyu Koinange, the Governor has indicated that, provided he complies with certain conditions, he may pay a short visit to Kenya to see his father without having a detention or restriction order made against him.

Mr. Brockway

While expressing appreciation of that change in the attitude of the right hon. Gentleman since I put my Question a few days ago, may I ask him whether, on reflection, he does not consider it a terrible tragedy that this old man was not allowed to go home while he was in a condition to be moved there?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I have nothing to add to the Answer which I have given, except to say that it is now open to Mr. Peter Koinange, if he complies with the arrangements, to pay a short visit to see his father.

Mr. J. Griffiths

Having regard to the fact that my right hon. Friend the Member for Wakefield (Mr. Creech Jones) and I wrote to the right hon. Gentleman and asked him if it was at all possible to make arrangements for Mr. Peter Koinange to see his father while there was time, may I say that I am very much obliged to him for the consideration that he and the Government have given to our requests?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I thank the right hon. Gentleman.

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