HC Deb 20 December 1960 vol 632 cc131-2W
52. Mr. Stonehouse

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies to state each of the administrative posts of the Kenya Government above district officer level and over, and the number of Africans currently holding such positions and training for them, respectively.

Mr. H. Fraser

There are 313 posts in the Kenya Government Administration of district officer level and above. Eight are filled by Africans and 56 Africans are in training for them as district assistants in the field. With permission, I will circulate the detailed analysis of these figures in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the information:

(a) The figures for administrative posts in the Provincial administration are:

Grade Number of Posts Number of Africans in post Number of Africans in training
Provincial Commissioner 6 Nil Nil
Officer i/c Nairobi Extra - Provincial District 1 Nil Nil
Senior District Commissioner 21 Nil Nil
District Officer 196 7 See notes below.
District Assistant 179 56 See notes below.


(i) The grade of district assistant is regarded for Africans as a training grade for potential district officers and it is hoped that a good proportion of African district assistants will, by virtue of experience in the field, be in the running for promotion to district officers when vacancies occur. This does not, however, preclude the possibility of direct entry to the rank of district officer of suitably qualified African candidates.

(ii) Eleven African district assistants have been selected to appear before the Secretary of State's Local Appointments Board in Kenya for promotion to district officer in January, 1961.

(b) The corresponding figures for the Central Administration are:

Grade Number of Posts Number of Africans in post Number of Africans in training
Permanent Secretaries (excluding Solicitor-General) 15 Nil Nil
Deputy Secretary 4 Nil Nil
Under Secretary 16 Nil Nil
Senior Assistant Secretary 8 Nil Nil
Assistant Secretary 46* 1 Nil
* Assistant secretaries are regarded as the approximate equivalent of district officers.

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