Thousands of kenyans marched through the streets of Nairobi on August 11 in a massive show of support for President Daniel Arap Moi.
GV/SV Cheering crowds marching through Nairobi streets (2 shots)
SV Crowds with pro-government placards
SV PAN Philip Leaky, MP standing on platform
SV PAN/GV Crowd at pro-government demonstration
SV Nairobi branch KANU chairman, Dr. Mjorge Mungai speaking while crowds listen (2 shots)
SV PAN Sikhs at demonstration (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT SEQUENCE FIVE: MUNGAI: "We condemn the revolters and their collaborators. Long live peace, love and unity."
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Background: Thousands of kenyans marched through the streets of Nairobi on August 11 in a massive show of support for President Daniel Arap Moi. Gathering less than two weeks after the abortive coup, the crowds, which included large numbers of Sikhs and Asians, converged on Uhuru Park to hear speeches of loyalty from party and government officials. Many of them had their shops wrecked and looted during the fighting. Workers in and around the capital had been given special leave to attend the huge rally, organised by the Kenya African National Union (KANU), the only officially recognised party in Kenya. Speaking at the rally, KANU Chairman for the Nairobi branch Dr. Mjorge Mungai, read a resolution condemning the attempt by airmen to overthrow the government. An estimated 2,000 of the 2,500-strong Air Force are now being held in custody. The government, however, claims many are still at large. On August 12, Kenya's Police Commissioner, Ben Gethi, said guns, ammunition and air force had been found in a search of the Nairobi University campus. President Moi has accused students of backing the unsuccessful insurrection, on August 1.