A Kenyan ministerial delegation visiting Britain for a week began official talks in London on Tuesday (March 6) at the Foreign Office.
A Kenyan ministerial delegation visiting Britain for a week began official talks in London on Tuesday (March 6) at the Foreign Office. The previous night the delegation, headed by Kenyan Foreign Minister Dr. Ngoroje Mungai, attended a dinner held by British Prime Minister Mr. Edward Heath. Uganda was not represented among African diplomats invited. A Ugandan High Commission spokesman said no invitation was received.
Among the visiting Kenyans were Finance Minister Mr. Mwai Kibaki, and mr. G.C. Kariuki -- Assistant Lands Minister. Their talks with British officials were expected to cover economic and political affairs; African and international matters including Rhodesia's independence controversy and the closure of its border with Zambia; and various United Nations developments -- both Kenya and Britain are members of the senior Security Council. British officials did not rule out the possibility of discussions covering Ugandan and East African immigration to Britain and developments generally in East Africa, although immigration was not on the agenda.
The Kenyan Government is not known to have, so far, asked for an increase in the annual quota of British entry permits for Kenya's estimated 35,000 Asians with British Passports. About six thousand are granted permits annually -- and at this rate all British Asians will have left Kenya within the next six years. Both Governments are reported to be avoiding making immigration an issue in their good relations.
The Kenyan delegation was also scheduled to have lunch with Defence Secretary Lord Carrington, but British officials discounted press reports that a GBP10-million (sterling) Kenyan order for military equipment would be discussed.
SYNOPSIS: A Kenyan ministerial delegation visiting Britain began its week-long talks at the Foreign Office on Tuesday. British Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home and his African Affairs Minister, Lady Tweedsmuir, greeted them -- right to left Foreign Minister Dr. Njoroge Mungai; Finance Minister Kwai Kibaki; and Assistant Lands Minister G.C. Kariuki.
Before visiting Sir Alec they had dined the previous night with Premier Edward Heath and African diplomats -- but Uganda was not represented. The talks, meanwhile, were expected to cover a wife range of topics.