• Short Summary

    EARLY RESULTS COMING IN TODAY FROM KENYA INDICATED THAT FIVE GOVERNMENT MINISTERS HAD LOST THEIR SEATS IN THE ELECTIONS -- THE FIRST TO BE HELD SINCE THE COUNTRY GAINED ITS INDEPENDENCE IN 1963.

  • Description

    EARLY RESULTS COMING IN TODAY FROM KENYA INDICATED THAT FIVE GOVERNMENT MINISTERS HAD LOST THEIR SEATS IN THE ELECTIONS -- THE FIRST TO BE HELD SINCE THE COUNTRY GAINED ITS INDEPENDENCE IN 1963.

    THE ELECTION DREW A MASSIVE VOTE, AND AT MANY POLLING STATIONS PEOPLE WAITED THROUGH THE NIGHT, FORMING TWO MILE QUEUES. AT DAGORATTI THE DEFENCE MINISTER, DR. NJOROGE MUNGAI, THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE RULING KENYA AFRICAN NATIONAL UNION PARTY CAST HIS VOTE.

    A LOT OF CONTROVERSY WAS INTRODUCED TO THE ELECTION BY THE BANNING OF THE OPPOSITION KENYA PEOPLE'S UNION WHICH HAD EIGHT REPRESENTATIVES IN PARLIAMENT.

    FOLLOWING THE ASSASSINATION OF MR. TOM MBOYA, A LEADING MEMBER OF THE LUO TRIBE AND THE MINISTER FOR ECONOMIC PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT, THE KPU WERE ACCUSED OF INFLAMING LUO FEELING AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT.

    SOME 600 PEOPLE WERE CONTESTING THE 158 SEATS IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND THE POLL IS EXPECTED TO RESULT IN THE ELECTION OF ABOUT 60 NEWCOMERS. THERE ARE 3.3 MILLION REGISTERED VOTERS IN KENYA.

    ALL CANDIDATES MUST HAVE BEEN MEMBERS OF KANU FOR AT LEAST SIX MONTHS, ALTHOUGH KANU IS NOT BACKING ANY CANDIDATE WITH ORGANISATION OR MONEY.

    AT STAREHE THERE WAS A WELCOME FROM A LARGE CROWD WAITING TO VOTE FOR CHARLES RUBIA, ONE OF THE TWO CANDIDATES. THINGS WERE FRIENDLY THERE, BUT AT BAHATI THERE WERE SCUFFLES BETWEEN THE CROWD AND THE ARMY'S GENERAL SERVICE UNIT, WHICH HAD BEEN MOVED IN TO ENSURE ORDER.

    SOME PEOPLE WERE CARRIED AWAY, AND OTHERS BEATEN BACK BY SOLDIERS WITH BATONS, AS THEY TRIED TO BREAK THROUGH THE ARMY LINES IN THEIR EAGERNESS TO CAST THEIR VOTES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA35DW5BQBJCTCQ4JT3EQ3C97H7
    Media URN:
    VLVA35DW5BQBJCTCQ4JT3EQ3C97H7
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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