5 APRIL 1963, Page 10

° Spectator's Notebook EETING Mr. Kenneth Kaunda for the first time,

I was naturally anxious to find out whether last week's walk-out meant modification of his well-known reasonableness and modera- tion. However, I was soon reassured. The gentle- ness and patience were very much in evidence. A journalist's demands on a public man's time are liable to be excessive, but Mr. Kaunda put himself to inconvenience to satisfy them. He had no time for breakfast and just an hour before a large luncheon was forced to call for bread and cheese all round. The walk-out, he said, had been necessary to convince Mr. Butler that he had to make public his decision to dissolve the Central African Federation, but there was little doubt that this decision had been taken privately some time back. Now that it is out Mr. Kaunda is again full of goodwill.