Expressing the conviction that Kenya "is finished for Europeans", farmers at Londiani in the White Highlands have agreed to put their 37 farms, a total of 40,000 acres valued at over GBP1 million, up for joint sale to Kenya's Land Development and Settlement Board.
GV PAN..The Londiani Basin in the White Highlands.
CU Sign 'For Sale, 1658 Acres Mixed Farm. Box 100. Nakuru apply Blundell'.
CU Sign 'Farm for Sale' crossed out, 'Sold Colonial Office' painted underneath.
LV Londiani Hospital.
CU Hospital sign.
LV Londiani Clubhouse.
SCU Mr. Foster (trilby hat) talks with Mr. Evans a neighbouring farmer (in cap).
CU Mr. Foster.
LV Cattle pans.
SV Mr. Foster watches cattle through spray-race.
SV Cattle through spray.
LV Herd of sheep.
REAR V..muck spreader at work.
GV Londiani area.
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Background: Expressing the conviction that Kenya "is finished for Europeans", farmers at Londiani in the White Highlands have agreed to put their 37 farms, a total of 40,000 acres valued at over GBP1 million, up for joint sale to Kenya's Land Development and Settlement Board.
They have also suggested that Londiani's European school, hospital, club and African location should be included in the sale as a "package deal".
Spokesman for the farmers is Colonel Gretton Foster, who bought over 1600 acres of virgin bushland ten years ago and transformed it into a highly developed farm carrying 400 Ayrshire pedigree cattle and 600 sheep. When interviewed, Colonel Foster said the farmers were selling out because they had no confidence in a future in which they saw no sign of the promised goodwill on the part of the Africans. "There is no place for us in Kenya under the new Constitution", he said.
Colonel Foster was one of a number of settlers who were recently fined GBP25 each at Nakuru for throwing eggs and tomatoes at Mr. Michael Blundell, the New Kenya (Inter-racial) Party leader, during an election meeting.
Indicative of the present unsettled situation in Kenya, a report from a Nairobi newspaper says;- "Land, in general, is an almost unsalable commodity in present-day Kenya. Apart from the modest requirements of the Settlement Board - who, incidentally, do not want to buy a large block of land such as that offered by the Londiani farmers - there are virtually no buyers. And so those who wish to pull up their roots and leave cannot do so, unless they are so wealthy and so desperate that they can afford to abandon their holdings altogether.