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    President Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya visited the fast-growing industrial town of Thika to the north of Nairobi on Sunday (9 June) for a fund-raising rally for the Kenya African National Union (KANU).

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    President Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya visited the fast-growing industrial town of Thika to the north of Nairobi on Sunday (9 June) for a fund-raising rally for the Kenya African National Union (KANU).

    A General Election is due to be held in Kenya at the end of the year. KANU is the only party at the moment.

    The President drove to Thika from his country home at Gatundu about 25 miles (36 kms) away. He spoke to the 25,000-strong crowd appealing for funds. They responded eagerly; small children made donations and there were long queues at the fund-raising booths.

    On the dais with the President were the mayor of Thika and the President's daughter, Margaret.

    Thika is right in the middle of the President's own constituency and most of its inhabitants are members of his own tribe -- the Kikuyus.

    SYNOPSIS: The people of the fast-growing industrial town of Thika thirty miles to the north of Nairobi welcomed President Jomo Kenyatta when he arrived for a fund-raising rally on Sunday. Thika is in the centre of the President's own constituency and is the fourth largest town in Kenya.

    The purpose of his visit was to raise funds for Kenya's only political party the Kenya African National Union -- KANU. General elections are to be held in Kenya at the end of the year.

    On the dais with the President were his daughter, Margaret, and the Mayor of Thika.

    President Kenyatta was given a warm welcome by the large crowd. Most of the inhabitants of Thika are from his own tribe of the Kikuyus.

    Thika is a prosperous town which has participated in Kenya's consistent economic growth in recent years. The manufacturing sector has expanded by eight per cent a year since 1964. But Thika comes within the orbit of Nairobi and one of the main issues of the coming election will be the more efficient spread of industrialisation throughout the country as a whole.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4JON4O9K1PC6FIH8ZMGGRM9SY
    Media URN:
    VLVA4JON4O9K1PC6FIH8ZMGGRM9SY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/06/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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