Being built at Kahawa, near Nairobi, Kenya, is a British military township to accommodate two infantry battalions.
Being built at Kahawa, near Nairobi, Kenya, is a British military township to accommodate two infantry battalions. For the men in their off-duty hours and their wives and families, there will be a modern town of 530 homes, with church, cinema, shops, clubs, a swimming pool and sports field. The total cost will be over GBP3 1/2 M.
Though the scene is peaceful, verbal storms rage over Kahawa and other British camps in Kenya: The Kenya African National Union - the major parliamentary opposition group - threaten to "break them up" when Kenya becomes independent.
The Union's General-Secretary, Mr. Tom Mboya, said June 12 it would continue to press for them to be closed. "If they still exist when Kenya gets independence, Africans will break them up", he said amid cheers.
Recent African-inspired rumours said Kahawa was to become a secret NATO dump for nuclear weapons. The government denied it and invited cameramen June 14 to visit the entire township under construction. Our cameraman reported: "The only thing that resembles a dump is the water purifying plant".
Work on the township gives employment to some 3,000 Africans work started in 1959 and the township is due to be completed early next year.