HC Deb 31 May 1960 vol 624 cc1164-5
27. Mr. Biggs-Davison

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, in view of the recent lawlessness in Kenya, whether he is satisfied that there has been no revival of Mau Mau activities including oath taking; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Iain Macleod

The Kenya Government are watching closely for any signs of a revival of the Mau Mau organisation, and are investigating recent reports of oath-taking. But, although there has been some increase in lawlessness there is so far no evidence to show that any lawless act or crime has been specifically committed in furtherance of Mau Mau.

Mr. Biggs-Davison

Will my right hon. Friend assure the House, and assure Kenya, that no official endorsement or encouragement will be given to any political organisation which whitewashes Jomo Kenyatta and therefore the bestialities of Mau Mau?

Mr. Macleod

The attitude of Her Majesty's Government was made absolutely clear in this House in my last statement and by the Governor of Kenya in his statement on 9th May.

Mr. Callaghan

Will the Colonial Secretary consult with the Governor to see what is to be done about the growing unemployment in Nairobi and in the Colony generally? is not it likely that men who are unemployed are much more liable to give way to violent practices than those who have a steady and a regular job?

Mr. Macleod

There are later Questions on the Order Paper on that point. Certainly unemployment in Nairobi is a disturbing factor and one which I know is very much in the mind of the Kenya Government.