HC Deb 21 February 1963 vol 672 cc90-1W
62. Mr. Spriggs

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what progress has been made with the Africanisation of administrative and other jobs, including jobs in East African railways and shipping, in Kenya.

Mr. Fisher

There are about 10,000 posts in the public service in Kenya in grades above the clerical level. There were 637 Africans in these posts in July, 1960. By last month the figure had increased to 1,564. In addition, 22 assistant secretary posts were filled by Africans, of whom 4 have since been promoted to senior assistant secretaries. Six appointments to under-secretary are being made shortly. African officers are in charge of above one-third of the districts, as district or senior district commissioners. Fifteen district officers are at present attending Devonshire Courses "B" in the United Kingdom and more district commissioner appointments are expected to be made after they return to Kenya in July. By April, 1963, the total number of African junior administrative officers (district officers and district assistants) will be 220 out of an establishment of 400.

Posts localised by the East Africa Railways and Harbours Administration numbered 1,820 on the 31st December, 1962. This number is expected to increase by a further 899 during 1963.

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