HC Deb 26 March 1956 vol 550 c163W
62. Mr. Benn

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what sentences were imposed on Jonam Nsofu, Jericho Ngona, Peter Mukanga, and Kolembegi Lesa, charged with conspiracy to injure Mr. Orne-Gliemann, in July, 1955, in the Kasama Court, following the boycott of his shops by Africans; and why the District Commissioner, Kasama, who was informed of the decision to begin the boycott, in person and by letter the previous March, raised no objection to it and made no effort to warn those concerned of the criminal charge to which they laid themselves open either at the time or in the months leading up to the summons for the court.

Mr. Hare

Jonam Nsofu and Peter Mukanga were sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment with hard labour, Jericho Ngona was bound over for two years, and Kolembegi Lesa was sentenced to one day's imprisonment.

The District Commissioner, when informed of the proposed boycott through members of his staff, advised those concerned, through the same channels, to consult a solicitor in view of the seriousness of the action contemplated. This was found as a fact by the magistrate who tried the case.

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