HC Deb 30 November 1955 vol 546 cc212-3W
92. Mr. H. Hynd

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is aware that on 15th November a Buganda chief was beaten to the point of unconsciousness in front of the Assistant Resident, who was powerless to protect him; and what steps are being taken to protect Baganda, who were loyal to the protectorate government, from the violence and insults being inflicted on them since the Kabaka' s return.

95. Mr. Alport

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement regarding intimidation in Buganda.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I am aware of this disgraceful attack on a Buganda chief. Five arrests have so far been made and others are expected. Statements condemning such incidents were at once made by the Kabaka and by the Buganda and Protectorate Governments jointly. The latter statement made it clear that no further lawlessness would be tolerated. I am glad to be able to say that there have been no more incidents involving violence. Two mobile police patrols are being maintained in areas where incidents might occur and extra police are being stationed in those areas.

I am sure that the House will agree that all possible steps must be taken to prevent any further victimisation or intimidation. I have taken action to ensure that responsible people in Buganda are aware of the concern of Her Majesty's Government which I feel sure is shared by all parties in this House.

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