• Short Summary

    WITH ONLY A MATTER OF FIVE WEEKS TO KENYA'S INDEPENDENCE, ON DECEMBER 12TH, THERE HAS BEEN A RUSH IN NAIROBI FOR BRITISH PASSPORTS.

  • Description

    WITH ONLY A MATTER OF FIVE WEEKS TO KENYA'S INDEPENDENCE, ON DECEMBER 12TH, THERE HAS BEEN A RUSH IN NAIROBI FOR BRITISH PASSPORTS.

    THE RUSH IN MAINLY BY THE ASIAN COMMUNITY IN KENYA WHO WOULD RATHER HAVE A BRITISH PASSPORT THAN A KENYAN.MANY OF THEM JOINED THIS QUEUE VERY EARLY IN THE MORNING -- HOURS BEFORE THE PASSPORT OFFICE OPENED.THE CHIEF IMMIGRATION OFFICER TOLD OUR CORRESPONDENT THAT IN 20 YEARS SERVICE HE HAD NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT -- ON ONE DAY ALONE THE OFFICE DEALT WITH 5,000 APPLICATIONS.CLOSING DATE FOR BRITISH PASSPORT APPLICATION IS NOVEMBER 20TH.

    HOW MANY ASIANS WILL ACTUALLY LEAVE KENYA WHEN INDEPENDENCE COMES IS NOT YET KNOWN.BUT A MASSIVE AIRLIFT IS PLANNED BY THE EAST AFRICAN COMMON SERVICES ORGANISATION TO FLY SOME 7,000 PEOPLE TO INDIA AND PAKISTAN, AND ALSO BRITAIN.THE ASIANS ARE LARGELY CIVIL SERVANTS SERVING IN KENYA AND UGANDA.MANY OF THEM RESIGNED EARLIER THIS YEAR WHEN IT WAS ANNOUNCED BY THE UGANDAN GOVERNMENT THAT OVERSEAS LEAVE AND OTHER PRIVILEGES OF ASIAN STAFF WERE TO BE WITHDRAWN.LATER THEY WITHDREW THEIR RESIGNATIONS BUT THIS WAS REFUSED BECAUSE OF CRASH PROGRAMME OF AFRICANISATION -- THE REPLACEMENT OF EUROPEAN AND ASIAN EMPLOYEES BY INDIGENOUS AFRICANS -- HAD STARTED.

    MANY OF THE ASIANS SEE LITTLE FUTURE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES IN INDIA AND PAKISTAN.UNDER THEIR CIVIL SERVANT CONTRACTS THEY ARE ENTITLED TO BE FLOWN TO BRITAIN.THE FIRST FLIGHTS OF THE AIRLIFT BEGIN ON NOVEMBER 15TH.THE INITIAL COST OF FLYING THE FIRST 7,000 OUT IS ESTIMATED AT GBP500,000.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD9RKV6XAN3HNSH5JK1JI0ZCCU
    Media URN:
    VLVAD9RKV6XAN3HNSH5JK1JI0ZCCU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/11/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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