Thousands of people turned out to celebrate Kenya's sixteenth year of independence, or Jamhuri (Republic Day) at it's called, on Wednesday (12 December).
Thousands of people turned out to celebrate Kenya's sixteenth year of independence, or Jamhuri (Republic Day) at it's called, on Wednesday (12 December). This year's celebration was perhaps more significant than ever coming a year after the death of Kenya's founding father, and first president Jomo Kenyatta.
SYNOPSIS: The biggest celebration in the country took place at Nairobi's Jamhuri Park where a colourful ceremony had been arranged. It was in 1963 that the Union Jack was lowered for the last time In Kenya, marking the end of colonial rule there.
Among the officials was Kenya's Chief Justice Wicks, who was later to perform the searing-in of the new government.
A twenty-one gun salute was followed by a fly past of Kenyan fighter planes.
President Daniel Arap Moi took the oath in Swahili when he was sworn-in for his second term of office. The former school teacher came to power last year following the death of Jomo Kenyatta. There had then been fears that Kenya's unity would disintegrate into tribal conflict, but the past year has seen a smooth transition of power.
All the new cabinet ministers were sworn-in following recent general elections and the naming of the new government by President Moi. The 'Kenya Standard' newspaper said the Moi era, would be "universally acclaimed as a period of sustained stability and national unity". However, President Moi warned future years would be difficult economically, especially so for non-oil producing developing countries.