Kenya: Slowing Up the Sunset

Amid rumors that Britain plans to postpone Uhuru (Freedom) beyond the 1963 deadline demanded by Kenya's restive African leaders, London jolted the colony by abruptly announcing that Sir Patrick Renison, its Governor since 1959, has resigned. In fact, he had been fired, for, as he explained stiffly, "this change was not of my choosing." Commonwealth and Colonial Secretary Duncan Sandys suggested that for "the final stages of Kenya's advance to independence." Renison simply does not have enough "political experience."

An upright but unimaginative Governor, Renison has made little effort to win...

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