In all the vast reaches of the Central African Federation, there is no man of consequence more accessible to his white compatriots than the Prime Minister. 30O-lb. Sir Roy Welensky, onetime locomotive engineer. But despite the fact that both Welensky and his four-year-old country—a union of Northern Rhodesia, Southern Rhodesia and Nyasaland—officially subscribe to the doctrine of "racial partnership," Welensky has remained aloof from the Africans who make up the majority of its people. "Except for his servants," says one African leader, "Welensky has hardly spoken to an African since he ascended the political platform."

Last week, convinced that the...

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