HC Deb 04 June 1959 vol 606 cc361-2
42. Mrs. Castle

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why Mr. Chivunga, President of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers Trade Union in Northern Rhodesia, has been arrested and restricted to Barotseland.

Mr. J. Amery

The Governor has informed me that the reasons for making a restriction order against Mr. J. Chivunga are that he was participating in and immediately intending to participate in publishing and uttering statements with intent to promote feelings of ill-will or hostility between different classes of the populaion of the territory.

Mrs. Castle

But is the Under-Secretary aware that when this round-up started in Northern Rhodesia the Government said that its purpose was to restrict members of the Zambia African National Congress, because they were trying to incite Africans to boycott elections? Is the hon. Gentleman aware that Mr. Chivunga has never been a member of the Zambia African National Congress? Does this mean that the round-up in Northern Rhodesia is so wide that men are being arrested and restricted merely because they are trade union leaders?

Mr. Amery

I think that the hon. Lady is not entirely fully informed on this matter. The Government had reason to believe that Mr. Chivunga was connected with the Zambia African National Congress.

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