HC Deb 23 January 1957 vol 563 c35W
4. Mrs. Castle

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement on the mutiny of Mau Mau detainees in Mageta Island prison camp in Kenya on 23rd November.

Mr. Maclay

On the morning of 23rd November the camp commandant and members of his prison staff entered a compound of Mageta Island Detention Camp in order to remove fifty ringleaders of a strike which had continued there since 22nd June. The detainees attacked the prison staff, using material torn from the huts, injuring the camp commandant, another European officer and six African warders. Fifteen shots were fired in self-defence to enable prison staff to extricate themselves and one detainee received two shotgun pellets in the leg. The security forces on the island were increased and the Commissioner of Prisons took control of the situation. On the afternoon of 26th November another party of prison staff disarmed the mutineers and there has been no further disturbance since that date.

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