HC Deb 04 May 1961 vol 639 cc1583-4
26. Mr. Turton

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many persons have been convicted in Kenya during the last six months on charges of oath-taking or administering oaths.

Mr. Iain Macleod

Seven persons have been convicted of administering unlawful oaths in the past six months. Two further cases are pending before the court. Eleven persons have been convicted for taking oaths.

Mr. Turton

Is my right hon. Friend aware that quite recently, on 29th January, magistrates in the court declared that the Mau Mau society was again active? If that is so, should not more steps be taken to bring these oath-takers to justice?

Mr. Macleod

The cases which I have mentioned, in which the sentences have varied from nine months to seven years, are evidence that firm steps are being taken. As I am sure my right hon. Friend remembers well, when there were signs of a recrudescence of oath-taking some time ago the Governor, with, of course my full support, moved at once and very firmly against it

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