• Short Summary

    VICE-PRESIDENT D. ARAP MOI OF KENYA TOOK THE SALUTE IN NAIROBI YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) AT THE?

  • Description

    VICE-PRESIDENT D. ARAP MOI OF KENYA TOOK THE SALUTE IN NAIROBI YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) AT THE PASSING-OUT PARADE OF A COMPANY OF THE GENERAL SERVICE UNIT, A MOBILE SECURITY BRANCH OF THE KENYA POLICE. THE COMPANY PASSED OUT AFTER TAKING PART IN A FIVE MONTHS TRAINING COURSE WITH THE UNIT'S TRAINING WING WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF THE KENYA AIR FORCE.

    THE GENERAL SERVICE UNIT WAS SET UP IN 1948 AS AN OPERATIONAL SECURITY FORCE INTENDED FOR USE ON DUTIES THAT REQUIRED MOBILITY. IT STARTED AS A FORCE OF ABOUT 50 MEN EQUIPPED WITH SEVERAL TRUCKS, BUT IT HAS SOON EQUIPPED WITH ADDITIONAL VEHICLES, INCLUDING ARMOURED CARS AND BRENGUN-CARRIERS. THEN THE COMPANY BEGAN TO BE EMPLOYED IN OTHER PROVINCES OF KENYA WHEREVER ADDITIONAL PERSONNEL WERE REQUIRED IN LARGE NUMBERS TO CARRY OUT SPECIAL OPERATIONS.

    THE UNIT WAS AGAIN INCREASED IN 1952, AND NEXT YEAR IT WAS OPERATE TO 23 PLATOONS, WHICH WERE SPLIT UP INTO THREE GROUPS TO OPERATE SEPARATELY IN NAIROBI, NAKURU AND NYERI UNDER THE COMMAND OF THE VARIOUS PROVINCIAL COMMANDERS. THE VARIOUS GROUPS WERE BROUGHT UNDER THE OVERALL COMMAND OF ONE OFFICER IN 1957 AND REORGANISED AND STREAMLINED INTO COMPANIES, EACH CONSISTING OF THREE PLATOONS.

    TODAY, EACH COMPANY IS COMMANDED BY A CHIEF INSPECTOR, AND THEY ARE DEPLOYED THROUGH KENYA ACCORDING TO THE DEMANDS OF THE INTERNAL SECURITY SITUATION. WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF THE KENYA AIR FORCE, TRAINING HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS IN AIR MOVEMENT. THIS IS NOW AN IMPORTANT MEANS OF TRANSPORTING PERSONNEL AND EQUIPMENT THROUGH THE NORTH EASTERN PROVINCE ON OPERATIONS AGAINST THE SHIFTAS" -- TRIBESMEN WHO STAGE RAIDS ON KENYAN TERRITORY ALONG THE BORDER WITH SOMALIA.

    THE COMPANY WHICH PASSED OUT IN NAIROBI YESTERDAY WILL SOON BE GOING INTO OPERATION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5UQ9AAAYHJFEBVMKV9K36VXM1
    Media URN:
    VLVA5UQ9AAAYHJFEBVMKV9K36VXM1
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/07/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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