Statement of Kenneth Kaunda
by Kenneth Kaunda, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
May 13, 1960
American Committee on Africa
Statement by Kenneth Kaunda at the end of a month-long visit to the United States at the invitation of the American Committee on Africa. Kaunda comments on recent reports of riots in some towns on the Copperbelt that led to the death of a white woman and an increase in political tensions. He discusses Governor Hone’s banning of his party (UNIP, the United National Independence Party) in the Western Province and arresting more than 120 Africans, including some of his colleagues. Kaunda discusses the constitution imposed in Northern Rhodesia that provided 22 seats for 70,000 settlers and only eight seats for 3 million Africans. Kaunda discussed the granting of independence to the Congo after serious riots, the announcement by the Colonial Secretary of negotiations in London for Nyasaland's conditional advance, and recent changes in Kenya and Tanganyika that provide the first step to national independence and self-determination for Africans.
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: George M. Houser Africa collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections