HC Deb 13 November 1958 vol 595 c68W
77. Mr. J. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement regarding the climatic and physical conditions at the new detention camp of Hola near Garrisa-N.F.D., Kenya; and what kind of prisoners are to be sent there.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The detention camp and settlement area at Hola are on irrigated land near the Tana River in the Coast Province. The climate is hot but not unhealthy. The settlement is intended for Mau Mau detainees whose rehabilitation is likely to extend over a considerable period. These detainees will be given land to cultivate, and will live under progressively less restricted conditions, until they have proved their ability to return to society as peaceful and law-abiding citizens.

Mr. Adam Kutahi


Mr. Stonehouse

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies on what evidence charges of being an idle and disorderly person were brought against Mr. Adam Kutahi, General Secretary of the Kenya Transport and Allied Workers' Union, resulting in his imprisonment for one month.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The charge was brought because Mr. Kutahi addressed a crowd of strikers at Kilindini Docks and invited them to use violence against two dock employees. He pleaded guilty to publicly conducting himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace, and was convicted on his plea without evidence being taken.

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