For these reasons, nations should only enter into a Federation when they can do so with a whole-hearted and unqualified commitment to it.
There is nothing wrong in not being ready to make that commitment; but to enter discussions, or a new political unit, without the commitment would be to do enormous damage to the whole future of
It is, therefore, in the full awareness of the difficulties and implications of Federation that I state quite categorically that the Government of the
In saying this, I fully realize that we may not all be at the same state of readiness to enter a Federation now. If any of our countries are not able to take this step with full commitment it is infinitely better that they should wait. Naturally, the
We can make rapid progress on this if we are clear in our own minds what are the essentials and what are the inessentials of unity. Having done that we should go ahead immediately we have agreed on the essential matters, leaving the others to be dealt with after Federation. I believe that there is already a broad measure of agreement on these fundamental questions. And I am quite certain that if we in
If Mzee Kenyatta decides to call a meeting to discuss the action proposed in your resolution, I shall most certainly attend.
Thank you, gentlemen, for your courtesy in coming to see me today.