• Short Summary

    Thousands of demonstrators marched through the streets of the Kenyan capital Nairobi, on Thursday (19 February) to show their support for President Kenyatta and their rejection of claims by President Amin of Uganda that a large part of Kenya really belongs to Uganda.

  • Description

    Thousands of demonstrators marched through the streets of the Kenyan capital Nairobi, on Thursday (19 February) to show their support for President Kenyatta and their rejection of claims by President Amin of Uganda that a large part of Kenya really belongs to Uganda.

    The demonstrators carried banners, some of which read, "Hands Off Amin!", "You Are A Killer Amin", and "Sack Amin From The OAU", referring to President Amin's Chairmanship of the Organisation of African Unity.

    The demonstration was sparked off by a reported remark by President Amin that nearly half of Kenya had originally been transferred by Britain from Uganda during colonial times.

    The demonstrators massed in Nairobi's Uhuru Park where they were addressed by President Jomo Kenyatta. The President did not mention President Amin by name but told the cheering crowd that Kenyans had shed their blood for independence and they would not give up an inch of their land.

    He said that Kenya would deal ruthlessly with neighbouring countries who publicly expressed "their sinister intentions".

    Later, President Amin said he had no intention of going to war over the issue but added that it was his duty to inform Africans of their true borders. He said he would write to the Queen of England and demand an explanation of why the British government had transferred western Kenya and the southern Sunday from Uganda early this century.

    Two meetings of the East African Community Finance and Communications Councils, which were scheduled to be held in Nairobi, have been cancelled. The Kenyan Minister of Power and Communications, mr. Omolo Okero, said the remarks by President Amin did not lend such a meeting an atmosphere of "meaningful community discussions".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA63C5YAN49C0X2RIPVCYH23ZWB
    Media URN:
    VLVA63C5YAN49C0X2RIPVCYH23ZWB
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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