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Title:Arthur Creech-Jones and the doctrine of local government development in British African territories: the Kenyan experience
Author:Omosule, Momone
Periodical:Quarterly Journal of Administration
Geographic terms:Kenya
Great Britain
local government reform
Abstract:In the changed worldwide political climate after World War II, the Colonial Office's policymakers sought to develop and expand the role of local government in Britain's African territories as the basis for political advance and eventual self-government. In a confidential despatch to the Governors of British African territories dated 25 February 1947, the new Secretary of State for the Colonies, Arthur Creech-Jones, indicated his belief that the key to success lay in the development of 'an efficient and democratic system of local government'. It has often been assumed that the Creech-Jones despatch subsequently led to the review and reform of local government in the British African colonies. In the case of Kenya, however, the African District Councils (ADCs) that replaced the Local Native Councils (LNCs) in 1950 were not a direct result of the despatch. They represented the final outcome of the local government review begun by the previous Governor, Henry Moore, in 1944. Notes, ref.