HC Deb 12 December 1928 vol 223 c2143W

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that in July and August, 1927, gangs of girls between the ages of 10 and 16 years were ordered out to collect and carry thatching grass in the North Gem area of Central Kavisondo, which involved some of the girls in a daily journey of 30 miles; that some of the girls did three journeys under compulsion, walking between 80 and 90 miles, and that after months of delay they were paid about 5½d.; and, if so, will he inquire why these orders were given in view of the native authority ordinance?


Having seen statements to this effect in a recent article in the Press, I am sending a copy of the article to the officer administering the Government of Kenya and asking him for a report on the facts.