In Dar-es-Salaam, Mar 27, the Tanganyika Constitutional Conference opened at Karimjee Hall with speeches by the British Colonial Secretary, Mr Macleod; Governor Sir Richard Turnbull, and Chief Minister Julius Nyerere.
SV.Chief Minister Nyerere arrives.
SV.Governor arrives and is met by Nyerere.
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LV PAN..Macleod arrives and is met by Nyerere and Governor.
SCU.Macleod waves to crowd.
CU.Macleod and party into Parliament.
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LV AND CU..Macleod and party seated at table.
CU.Governor makes opening speech.
SV.Nyerere and party.
SV AND CU..Macleod speaks.
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CU.Macleod concludes speech.
LV AND CU..Minister Nyerere speaks.
GV.Members of the press and spectators leaving Parliament.
GV AND SV..Macleod, Governor General and party leave Parliament and pose on steps.
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Background: In Dar-es-Salaam, Mar 27, the Tanganyika Constitutional Conference opened at Karimjee Hall with speeches by the British Colonial Secretary, Mr Macleod; Governor Sir Richard Turnbull, and Chief Minister Julius Nyerere.
The colourful plenary session, attended by leading citizens, lasted about half an hour. Talks with continue in private until Mar 30 when the conference is expected to end after a further public meeting. Public interest has so far been less intense than expected.
Addressing the conference, Mr Macleod said: "We all want to see Tanganyika get off to independence with as good a start as possible, and we must therefore plan so that Tanganyika may be able to go forward in peace and harmony and be able to face successfully the new problems which independence will bring." The United Kingdom had "no desire to put that date of independence later than is absolutely necessary."
Mr Macleod paid tribute to Mr Nyerere as a man to whom not only the people of Tanganyika but many others in all parts of the world could look with confidence to guide the emerging nation successfully through the great tasks ahead.
Mr Nyerere paid tribute to the Colonial Secretary and the Governor whose good intentions, he said, left little doubt that the conference would have a happy outcome. Mr Nyerere assured Mr Macleod that the Tanganyika Legislative Council wholeheartedly welcomed the prospect of the overseas aid scheme which would enable expatriate civil servants from Britain to continue to serve Tanganyika.
He added: "It may not be out of place to remind Her Majesty's Government that Tanganyika is a poor country." He appreciated the Government's help in "assisting us to launch ourselves upon the seas of independence without any crippling financial burdens".
The constitutional conference is expected to result in an announcement of immediate internal self-government and possibly a date for full independence.