Kenya celebrated the Twelfth Anniversary of its Independence (Jamhuri Day) on Friday (12 December), and President Jomo Kenyatta addressed thousands of people who gathered in the Jamhuri Park to take part in the festivities.
GV Troops lined up on parade ground
LV Kenyatta driving past in landrover
SV PAN Ministers and other guests seated
LV & CU Kenyatta inspects troops (3 shots)
SV Flag flying and children watching (2 shots)
LV Kenyatta seated
LV Troops march past in review
CU Kenyatta standing to attention
"Those who cannot, should pack up and go where they can be bosses" said the President. "Foreigners who still think they can push our people around and call them derogatory names, should realise we are now the bosses of our nation".
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Background: Kenya celebrated the Twelfth Anniversary of its Independence (Jamhuri Day) on Friday (12 December), and President Jomo Kenyatta addressed thousands of people who gathered in the Jamhuri Park to take part in the festivities.
In his speech, President Kenyatta said that only foreigners who accepted African as their "Bwana Kubwa" (Big Boss) and would serve under them, were welcome in the country.
He told his audience that the country still faced enemies, both from within the country and from outside, whose main concern was to cause chaos and disrupt the economy. He said that the only way Kenyans could frustrate their activities and guard their hard-won independence, was to remain united and work hard in whatever field of production they were engaged in. They should ensure maximum productivity and maintain high standards.
He also asked the people to give him a mandate to order public hangings of thieves in order to wipe out the evil of robbery. Two men were recently executed in Kenya for robbery with violence under a recent law extending the death penalty to include that crime.
The day before the celebrations (Thursday) the President had announced an amnesty for ten thousand prisoners to mark the country's Anniversary of Independence. There are an estimated 44,000 convicted criminals in Kenyan jails.
SYNOPSIS: Troops of Kenya's armed forced were on parade in Jamhuri Park near Nairobi on Friday, to welcome President Jomo Kenyatta to the celebrations of the twelfth anniversary of Kenya's independence. Thousands of people gathered in the Park to take part in the festivities, and there were many Government and diplomatic guests on the platform.
In his anniversary message to the nation, President Kenyatta said that only foreigners who accepted Africans as their bosses, and would serve under them, were welcome in the country. He said that foreigners who still thought they could push people around, should realise that Kenyans were now the bosses of their own country.
He said that Kenya still faced enemies, both from inside and outside the country. The only way their activities could be frustrated, was for Kenyans to remain united and work hard in whatever field of production they were engaged in. He also asked the people for a mandate to publicly hang thieves. Under a new law two men were recently executed for robbery.