Delegates from African nationalist movements in Tanganyika, Guinea, Zanzibar, Kenya, Nyasaland, Rhodesia and the Congo arrived in Mbale, Uganda, Oct 25, for the fourth meeting of the Pan-African Freedom Movement of East and Central Africa.
SV PAN..Procession, PAN to conference building
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SV PAN.. Banner across building 'Uhuru Pafmeca Annual Conference'
LV PAN..Delegates arrive and enter building
TV PAN..Delegates arrive, PAN to Africans seated
GV INT..Delegates seated, waiting for start of conference
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Background: Delegates from African nationalist movements in Tanganyika, Guinea, Zanzibar, Kenya, Nyasaland, Rhodesia and the Congo arrived in Mbale, Uganda, Oct 25, for the fourth meeting of the Pan-African Freedom Movement of East and Central Africa. It came a as a surprise to some of the leaders when the scheduled Chairman, Tanganyika's Julius Nyerere, failed to attend as he was in Bonn, West Germany, for the "Africa Week" rally. The conference got off to a late start as delegates were late in arriving.
Only one of the major African leaders attended the conference; Tom Mboya of Kenya. Mboya was later elected Chairman of the conference. A move which caused the Nyasaland delegate to walk out of the hall. Due to a lack of leadership to stear the conference agenda, only one resolution of importance was passed. This called for the destruction of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, and rejected the findings of the Monkton Commission aimed at modifying the present Federal structure. Support "without reservation" was expressed for the Lumumba Government of the Congo Republic.
On the opening day small groups of Africans waited outside the hall for their leaders to arrive, while inside some delegates waited with growing impatience. A demonstration by supporters of the Kabaka of Buganda failed as there was no none to watch it. Later the conference condemned Buganda's proposed secession.
Most of the conference talks will take place behind closed doors in private session. If the fourth conference follows the pattern of the other, a joint statement will be released when it ends.