HC Deb 02 March 1921 vol 138 cc1846-7W
Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many native chiefs exiled from the Colonial dependencies without public trial are still in exile: to what territories have they been exiled; what period they have served in exile: and whether he will consider asking the Colonial Governors concerned what, in their opinion, would be the effect of the extension of clemency by His Majesty to those exiles?

Lieut.-Colonel AMERY

The number of native chiefs in exile from British dependencies is six. Prempeh, ex-King of Ashanti, was exiled to the Seychelles in 1896; the question of allowing him to return was carefully considered recently, but the Governor of Gold Coast was of opinion that it could not be safely permitted. Musa Mollah, late King of Fullader, was exiled from Gambia to Sierra Leone in 1916 for enforcing slavery, and it would be premature to reconsider his case at present. Kabarega. ex-King of Bunyoro, Uganda, captured during the rebellion in 1899, is in exile in the Seychelles; the case was recently considered, but the Governor recommended that in the interests of the Protectorate he should not be allowed to return.

Seyyid Khaled bin Barghash, Pretender to the Sultanate of Zanzibar, 1896, was removed with his family to St. Helena and will shortly be transferred to the Seychelles. The British Resident has recently expressed a decided opinion that he should not be allowed to return to Zanzibar. Sebe and Ayouls bin Mbaruk, sons of Sheik Mbaruk, who revolted in the Coast Strip (Zanzibar Dominions) of the East Africa Protectorate, 1895–96, escaped to German East Africa, and on the British occupation of that territory were removed to St. Helena. They will shortly be transferred to the Seychelles: and it would be dangerous to order among the coast Arabs for them to return to Kenya Protectorate.