HC Deb 01 March 1962 vol 654 c175W
Mr. White

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement on the recent disturbances in Buganda, with an indication of what are believed to be the causes.

Mr. Maudling

During the past few days there has been an outbreak of violence in the Mubende District of Buganda which forms part of the so called "Lost Counties" claimed by Bunyoro. It has taken the form of crop-slashing and attacks on local chiefs, houses and markets. In two instances small detachments of Protectorate Police, which had been attacked by crowds, were obliged to open fire, and seven persons have been injured. The Governor is satisfied that the situation in Mubende is now generally under control. The cause of the disturbances appears to be the strong feelings in the area over the Lost Counties dispute, heightened by the excitement aroused during the recent election in Buganda. Strong police reinforcements have been sent to Mubende.

There were a number of acts of violence elsewhere in Buganda over the election period, but the Governor reports that there is now a marked falling off in the number of these incidents.

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