The British Colonial Secretary, Mr. Iain Macleod, had talks with nationalist leaders in Nairobi, Kenya,?
The British Colonial Secretary, Mr. Iain Macleod, had talks with nationalist leaders in Nairobi, Kenya, on April 3rd. The meeting failed entirely to break the deadlock over Jomo Kenyatta, who is living under restriction after being convicted of Man-Man terrorist activities. Neither of the major African parties yielded over their refusal to co-operate in forming a government unless Kenyatta is first released unconditionally.
After the talks, Mr. Gichuru, president of the Kenya African National Union, referred to the claim that Kenyatta was a threat to security. He said he himself had been imprisoned for five years and called a threat to security, but claimed that since his release he had done "nothing but good".
At a Press conference, Mr. Macleod said prolonged deadlock was itself a security risk, but if Africans "took this line" it would push independence and Kenyatta's release further away.
Mr. Macleod was on his way from Zanzibar to Aden. In both places moves towards independence are being made.