Continuing his tour of the Kenya White Highlands, Hugh Frazer Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, went to the little township of Molo in the heart of the agricultural country and there met about 30 of the European farmers.
Continuing his tour of the Kenya White Highlands, Hugh Frazer Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, went to the little township of Molo in the heart of the agricultural country and there met about 30 of the European farmers. He particularly stated that he was here in Kenya to assess the position, and had not come to make any concrete proposals to the farming community. At the Molo meeting many angry questions were placed before Frazer, mainly regarding the present political position in Kenya, compensation to the farmers should they have to leave the country and also the security of the farmers who live mainly in isolation on their lonely farmsteads. In conclusion of the meeting Frazer stated that there would be no question of compensation as that would mean that the British Government would have to find at least one hundred and sixty million pounds, and also the other members of the Kenya community would have to be considered if there was to be a mass exodus from the country. The farmers stated that there was no confidence left in them and that the majority would not be planting a further crop after the harvest had been reaped on the seed that was already in the ground. This would mean the complete collapse of the economy of the country, as the agricultural industry is the basis of the economy. They stated that they were already preparing to leave and in fact some to them had already sent their wives and families away as they did not consider that it was safe to leave them any longer with the threat of the panga always waving over their heads. Frazer met a further delegation of farmers at Nakuru about forty miles from Molo, where questions and answers were of a similar nature.