Kenya on Tuesday celebrated the eight anniversary of self government. Madaraka Day, as it's called,?
Kenya on Tuesday celebrated the eight anniversary of self government. Madaraka Day, as it's called, was marked by a parade of armed forces, police and city workers as jets of the Kenyan Air Force flew overhead. The salute was taken by President Jomo Kenyatta.
The President addressed a massed rally of thousands of kenyans in uhuru (Freedom) Park. Speaking in Swahili, the President warned the people against subversion by a few misguided people that threatened the peace and stability of the country. He also announced the pending formation of a new bank in which the government would be partners.
VISNEWS cameras covered the colourful parade.
SYNOPSIS: Kenya had commemorated eight years of self government. The celebrations were held on Tuesday--Madaraka Day. President Jomo Kenyatta drove to Uhuru Park--Freedom Park--where he was greeted by the Vice President, Mr. Arap Mois.
Thousands turned out to see a parade in the Park and listen to as address by the President. The Kenya Air Force staged a fly-past as the parade got underway.
President Kenyatta took the salute as the soldiers, police servicewomen and members of youth services marched past.
Later the President addressed the massed crowd. Speaking in Swahili he warned against subversion by a few people, whom he referred to as misguided, that threatened the peace and stability of the country. He was apparently referring to the conviction of nine men the previous day on charges of conspiracy to overthrow the government. The President said: "I would like to remind anyone who wants to tamper with the smooth running of the Government that we still have the same determination and the same arms with which we fought and won our independence from the colonialists.
The President also announced the pending formation of a new bank in Kenya representing a local amalgamation of the Barclays and Standard banks, in partnership with the Government. He said the merge would come into operation on the first of October. The Kenya Government would hold 50 per cent of the shares.