President Milton Obote of Uganda and President Jomo Kenyatta met in Nairobi on Thursday (July 23) to discuss the possible sale of arms to South African.
President Milton Obote of Uganda and President Jomo Kenyatta met in Nairobi on Thursday (July 23) to discuss the possible sale of arms to South African. President Obote had flown in from Dar Es Salaam of Zambia, the arms topic had been fully discussed. Also in Nairobi were the Foreign Ministers of the four countries who were staging separate talks - on the same subject.
The possibility of arm sales to South Africa by Britain has enraged many Black Africans. In Kenya's National Assembly, a Member said on Thursday (July 23) that British people in Kenya should be beaten up as a protest against Britain's decision to consider resuming arms sales to South Africa.
The Member was Mr.Wafula Wabuge, one of several who called on the Kenya Government to close the British High Commission.
Another Member was given a standing ovation when he said the only solution to what he called on "outrageous act" by the British Government would be for Kenya to sever diplomatic relations immediately.
Dr. Njoroge Mungai, Kenya's Foreign Minister, said the issues was a matter in which Kenya, or any other dissatisfied country, could not afford to go it alone.
Dr. Mungai told the Assembly that, in substance, there was no disagreement between what was discussed in meetings between East African leaders and what had been discussed in the Assembly.
He appealed for wisdom not emotion in deciding what action was to be taken.
The Kenyan foreign Minister later told reporters that the meeting of the Foreign Ministers had been very useful, but declined to say more.
However, official sources in Dar Es Salaam have said that if Britain does resume arms supplies to South Africa Tanzania would leave the Commonwealth.
Foreign Ministers from Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya today met to discuss the arms sale to South Africa by Britain. The meeting was held at Harambee House in the offices of Kenya Ministry for Foreign Affairs.