At the UNESCO (United nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation), general conference in Nairobi, Kenya, on Wednesday (3 November), Uganda,s Minister of Education, Brigadier Barnabas Kili, declared his government's view that television and radio programmes were powerful weapons to assist the country's development.
GV Delegates seated at conference
CU Brigadier Kili (Uganda) making speech
SV Chad delegate listening
CU Mr. James Nyamweya (Kenya) making speech
BRIGADIER KILI: "In the communication sector, Uganda recognises the important role communication media can play in the development of our country. The government believes that by careful selection of broadcast programmes, by the use of other government information services, mass communication systems can be a powerful weapon in our declared war for economic independence. Uganda places a great importance on the educational role that the radio, television and the newspapers can play in the national development. The government policy on the mass media is that maximum programme emphasis should be on items directly related to development needs of the country."
MR. NYAMWEYA: "It is sad to note, in spite of the many calls by the United Nations and the other august bodies such as UNESCO the government of South Africa continues to rule Namibia illegally and to subject here people to a wide diversity of sufferings, in pursuance of its policy of dividing the African people so that they may not form a common front to demand their rights, the South African government has encouraged the Africans in that country to fight against each other. We with to join the other nations of the world as we have done on many occasions before in condemning these acts of inhuman treatment of which peoples of South Africa and Namibia are subjected by the racist minority government there."
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Background: At the UNESCO (United nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation), general conference in Nairobi, Kenya, on Wednesday (3 November), Uganda,s Minister of Education, Brigadier Barnabas Kili, declared his government's view that television and radio programmes were powerful weapons to assist the country's development. There was also a strong attack by Kenya's Labour Minister, James Nyamweya, on South African rule in Namibia.
SYNOPSIS: Brigadier Kili was one of several speakers at the conference to talk on information and communications.
Then came Mr. Nyamweya's verbal assault on South Africa.