• Short Summary

    A CROWD OF TENS OF THOUSANDS OF KENYAS WAS URGED TO WORK TO PRESERVE THE UNITY OF THEIR COUNTRY BY PRESIDENT JOMO KENYATTA ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 20).

  • Description

    A CROWD OF TENS OF THOUSANDS OF KENYAS WAS URGED TO WORK TO PRESERVE THE UNITY OF THEIR COUNTRY BY PRESIDENT JOMO KENYATTA ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 20). THE CROWD HAD GATHERED IN NAIROBI'S UHURU (INDEPENDENCE) PARK TO CELEBRATE "KENYATTA DAY" - THE ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR PRESIDENT'S IMPRISONMENT BY THE BRITISH IN 1952.

    DURING AN HOUR-LONG SPEECH, THE 78-YEAR-OLD PRESIDENT CALLED ON KENYANS TO STRIVE TO ATTAIN THE SAME LEVEL OF HARD WORK AND UNITY WHICH HAD BEEN ACHIEVED DURING THE STRUGGLE FOR INDEPENDENCE FROM BRITISH RULE.

    AS A REMINDER OF THAT STRUGGLE, PRESIDENT KENYATTA WAS WEARING THE SAME BROWN LEATHER JACKET HE HAD ON WHEN FIRST JAILED BY THE BRITISH - AN IMPRISONMENT THAT WAS TO LAST NEARLY NINE YEARS.

    IN HIS SPEECH, THE PRESIDENT WENT ON TO CONDEMN TRIBALISM AS A POTENTIAL CAUSE OF DISCRIMINATION AND DISUNITY. HE TOLD THE CROWD THAT THEY MUST IDENTIFY THEMSELVES AS KENYANS RATHER THAN CREATE DIVISIONS WHICH WOULD ONLY RETARD THE GOVERNMENT'S EFFORTS TO FURTHER PROGRESS.

    IT WAS ESSENTIAL, HE SAID, FOR KENYANS TO STRIVE TO GAIN ECONOMIC FREEDOM. AND HE PLEDGED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD NEVER REST UNTIL THE COUNTRY'S ECONOMY WAS SOLELY IN THE HANDS OF KENYANS. EVERYONE WHO CONSIDERED HIMSELF A TRUE KENYAN SHOULD SAFEGUARD THE HARD-WON INDEPENDENCE SO THAT THE COUNTRY CONTINUED TO PROGRESS.

    KENYA GAINED HER INDEPENDENCE IN 1963, WHEN JOMO KENYATTA BECAME PRIME MINISTER. HE WAS CHOSEN AS PRESIDENT A YEAR LATER.

    TRIBAL DANCERS PERFORMED DURING THE CELEBRATIONS IN UHURU PARK. OTHER KENYAN LEADERS PRESENT INCLUDED VICE-PRESIDENT ARAP MOI AND DEFENCE MINISTER NJOROGE MUNGAI, TOGETHER WITH NAIROBI'S MAYOR ISAC LUNGOZO.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4JJRFG3TQYN8KAMWR91BFSI84
    Media URN:
    VLVA4JJRFG3TQYN8KAMWR91BFSI84
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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