HC Deb 08 February 1962 vol 653 cc606-7
25. Mr. F. M. Bennett

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many licences have been applied for by the elected representatives of the Kenya African National Union in the Kenya Legislative Council and their President, Mr. Kenyatta, to hold meetings in the Northern Province and the following districts of Kenya, namely: Baringo District, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Nandi, West Suk, Kericho, Laikipia, Samburu, Kilifi, Kwale, Tana-Lamu, Katiado, Narok, Uasingisho, Trans-Nzoia, and Elgon Nyanza; and how many such licences have been refused, and on what grounds.

Mr. Maudling

Nine licences have been applied for by the President and other elected representatives of K.A.N.U. to hold public meetings in the areas mentioned by my hon. Friend, of which one was refused on grounds of public order.

Mr. Bennett

Taking into account the Minister's Answer, does he realise that this amounts to the fact that a party which purports to be a national one does not dare politically to enter into about two-thirds of the country as a whole? Does he realise that a parallel in this country would be if Members of the Opposition Front Bench dared not go to political meetings anywhere except in London and the Midlands?

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