The Kenya Constitutional Conference opened, Jan 18, in London's Lancaster House. Not all the 50?
The Kenya Constitutional Conference opened, Jan 18, in London's Lancaster House. Not all the 50 delegates turned up though. The 14 African elected-members led by Mr. Ronald Ngala and Mr. Tom Mboya, boycotted it because British Colonial Minister Ian Macleod refused to admit as a special adviser to the African delegation Mr. Peter Koinange.
The object of the conference said Mr. Macleod, was to plan the next stage in Kenya's constitutional evolution. He regretted the absence of the African elected-members at the first meeting, but explained that Peter Koinange, regarded as an instigator of the Mau Mau outbreak of seven years ago, could not possibly be allowed to sit at a conference which was to discuss Kenya's future.
Among the people attending the conference are Mr. Michael Blundell, leader of the multi-racial New Kenya Group: Group Captain Briggs, leader of the United Party, which is opposed to universal adult suffrage, fearing African domination: and Sheikh Mahfood Mackewi, who represents the Arab minority in Kenya.