In Kenya, Daniel Arap Mio was proclaimed president-elect on Friday (6 October), Mr. Moi had?
In Kenya, Daniel Arap Mio was proclaimed president-elect on Friday (6 October), Mr. Moi had acted as interim-President since the death of Jomo Kenyatta on the 22nd of August. He was adopted as the sole candidate for the presidency by the ruling political party, the kenyan African National Union (KANU), at a special conference in Nairobi attended by delegates from all over the country. He will now automatically be declared Head of State on the 10th October.
SYNOPSIS: There was a colourful welcome awaiting Mr. Moi at the Kenyatta Conference Centre. More than one thousand, five hundred KANU members from party branches in 41 districts of Kenya were assembled inside the building for the election ceremony. Outside crowds lined the streets and dancers prepared to greet the man who will become the second President to govern kenya since the country achieved independence from Britain in 1963.
Mr. Moi, aged 54, served as Vice-President and Interior Minister for 11 years, and therefore automatically became acting Head of State on the death of President Keynatta. Despite speculation that the Presidential succession might be hotly contested, he emerged as the only candidate. The KANU conference was the first since 1966, and the political influence of the party was minimal during the last years of President Kenyatta's rule.
There was strong feeling among the delegates that it was time for a revival of KANU as an active political force. There was also some speculation that a Prime Minister could be appointed in the future, to free the President for a mainly constitutional role.
Mr. Moi addressed the cheering delegates beneath a portrait of the late President kenyatta. He announced the date of the National Party Conference, which will elect members to government posts on the 28th of October. Having sparked off the first bout of election fever among KANU members for twelve years, Mr. Moi firmly avoided any hints about the Vice- President and cabinet he will appoint when he is sworn into office. The theme of his speech echoed the anti-corruption campaign he launched as acting head of State. Fiercely condemning corruption, he urged delegates to elect national officers who would act as effective representatives and not those who offered money.