In spite of the continuing political deadlock in Kenya, newly-elected members of the Legislative Council met in the Parliament building, Nairobi, Mar 7, for its first session since the recent elections giving Africans wider representation than hitherto in this British Colony.
GV Legislative building.
SV Members enter building.
CU Sir Walter Coutts.
SV Dr. Kiano (Commerce & Industry Minister) talking with other members.
SV Two members walk towards talking.
SV Gichuru arrives (KANU President) with other members of KANU.
SV More members arrive.
BV Members enter chamber.
SV Mboya arrives (KANU Secretary-general).
SV Oginga Odinga arrives (left-wing Vice-President of KANU).
PAN Members talk in Assembly.
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Background: In spite of the continuing political deadlock in Kenya, newly-elected members of the Legislative Council met in the Parliament building, Nairobi, Mar 7, for its first session since the recent elections giving Africans wider representation than hitherto in this British Colony.
Since many members had not sat there before, Chief Secretary Sir Walter Coutts explained the procedure for the forthcoming election of 12 national members. This election - for four Europeans, four Asians and four Africans - will be held March 16. Nominations closed March 9.
Earlier, KANU (the leading Kenya African National Union) and KADU (their rivals, the Kenya African Democratic Union) met and agreed on a joint list of candidates for the national seats, including Mr. Walter Odede, who succeeded Jomo Kenyatta as president of the Kenya African Union. The four Europeans, given African support, are: Mr. S.V. Cooke, a member in the last Legislative Council; the present Minister for Agriculture; Mr. D. Erskine, Nairobi businessman and founder member of the non-racial United Kenya Club; and Mrs. Susan Wood.
The election of the national members is the final phase of constituting the new Legislative Council of 53 members. At this session, Sir Walter outlined the steps to be taken towards self-government. If the new government - yet to be formed - managed the affairs of the country satisfactorily, a chief minister would be appointed but the British governor would continue to have overall power. Later stages would be the appointment of the chief minister as the prime minister; the governor would become governor-general until his departure in the self-governing country.
Kenya's difficulties: the current deadlock stems for KANU's refusal to join any new government unless Kenyatta, the former Mau Mau terrorist leader, is released from detention.