A mixed reception greeted delegates to the Kenya Constitutional conference on their arrival at Nairobi Airport, Kenya, from London, UK, Feb 24.
A mixed reception greeted delegates to the Kenya Constitutional conference on their arrival at Nairobi Airport, Kenya, from London, UK, Feb 24. Shouts of derision for Mr. Michael Blundell, leader of the multi-racial New Kenya Party, and cheers and shouts of "Uhuru" (Freedom) for returning African members.
In the airport reception lounge, Mr. Blundell was showered with coins by a veteran white settler who shouted "Traitor, you have sold your country for the thirty pieces of silver, pick them up you Judas you". Mr. Blundell then left the airport amid derisive shouting from assembled Europeans.
During a speech at the airport Mr. Ronald Ngala, leader of the African Elected Members, said he would continue to press for the release of Jomo Kenyatta, now serving the remaining two-years of a seven-year sentence for managing Mau-Mau. In Ottawa, Canada, Feb 24, Tom Mboya, the Kenya African Nationalist, during a television appearance said that Jomo Kenyatta would probably be Kenya's first Prime Minister after independence.
The Kenya Constitutional Conference ended in London Feb 21 with agreement to Colonial Secretary Iain MacLeod's plan by Africans, the New Kenya Group, and by the Asians. Only Group Captain Briggs and his last-ditch United Party refused to endorse the plan. The plan provides for an African elected majority in the Legislative Council (Parliament) but with the Governor retaining the power of veto over legislation.
Group Captain Briggs described the Conference as "calamitous" for European settlers. Mr. Blundell's party was responsible for this, he said. They had conceded so much before the conference began that there was no room for reasonable compromise but only for "surrender after surrender."