• Short Summary

    SOON AFTER THE SOMALI GOVERNMENT TENDERED ITS RESIGNATION - A MOVE WHICH HAS SINCE BEEN WITHDRAWN -- A REPORT FROM MOGADISHU ALLEGED THAT KENYA HAD DECLARED WAR ON SOMALIA.

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    SHOT OF NAIROBI DR. MUNGAI INTERVIEWED.



    TRANSCRIPT: DR. MUNGAI TOLD AN INTERVIEWER: "WELL -KENYA'S SENATORS MUST HAVE BEEN VERY ANGRY AT THE WAY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOMALIA IS CARRYING ON. AS YOU KNOW THEY TAKE A FEW KENYA SOMALIS ACROSS TO THE REPUBLIC OF SOMALIA - THEY GIVE THEM MILITARY TRAINING IN GUERILLA WARFARE, SABOTAGE METHODS, AND GIVE THEM WEAPONS, AND THEN SEND THEM BACK INTO KENYA AS GANGSTERS WHO ATTACK SOME OF THE CIVILIANS WITHIN KENYA, AND WHERE POSSIBLE IN ADMINISTRATIVE POSTS. AND THEREFORE THIS WAS AN EXPRESSION FROM KENYA'S SENATORS BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY FEAR OF THE WAY THE SOMALIS ARE BEHAVING. BUT WE ARE NOT AT WAR AND THE KENYA GOVERNMENT DOES NOT BELIEVE IN EXTERNAL WARS - IT IS NOT AN AGGRESSIVE STATE AS SUCH. WHAT WE BELIEVE IN - AS FAR AS NORTH EASTERN PROVINCE OF KENYA IS CONCERNED - IT IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF KENYA - IT IS GOING TO REMAIN A PART OF KENYA - AND KENYA GOVERNMENT IS NOT GOING TO SURRENDER AN INCH OF NORTH EASTERN PROVINCE TO ANY EXTERNAL POWERS AT ALL."



    THE DEFENCE MINISTER WAS THEN ASKED: "SOMALIA IS REPORTED TO HAVE DOUBLED ITS ARMY IN THE PAST THREE YEARS TO 25,000 MEN - AT LEAST SIX TIMES KENYA'S ARMED STRENGTH. THE BULK OF THESE ARE CONCENTRATED IN SOUTH WEST SOMALIA FACING KENYA. ARE YOU ALARMED BY THIS MILITARY BUILD UP ON YOUR BORDER?"



    DR. MUNGAI SAID: "WELL I WON'T TELL YOU EXACTLY THE SIZE OF THE KENYA ARMY BUT I BELIEVE HERE WE DON'T HAVE TO HAVE AN ARMED BUILD-UP. WE DON'T REQUIRE A VERY LARGE ARMY IN EAST AFRICA INCLUDING SOMALIA. WHAT WE NEED IS TO DEVELOP THE COUNTRY FOR OUR OWN PEOPLE HERE. AND WE DON'T NEED SO MANY TROOPS. HOWEVER WE ARE NOT WORRIED BECAUSE THE ARMY WE HAVE IS EFFICIENT, VERY MOBILE, VERY WELL TRAINED AND IT CAN HANDLE ANYTHING THAT CAN COME IN...FROM SOMALIA. AND THEREFORE I AM NOT WORRIED WHERE SOMALIA WILL PUT THEIR TROOPS, OR HOW MANY THEY HAVE - I AM JUST QUITE SURE OF DEFENCE OF KENYA, AND WE CAN HANDLE SOMALIA IF THEY CROSS THE BORDER.




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    Background: SOON AFTER THE SOMALI GOVERNMENT TENDERED ITS RESIGNATION - A MOVE WHICH HAS SINCE BEEN WITHDRAWN -- A REPORT FROM MOGADISHU ALLEGED THAT KENYA HAD DECLARED WAR ON SOMALIA. THE KENYA DEFENCE MINISTER, DR. NJOROGI MUNGAI, REFUTED THE ALLEGATION IN AN INTERVIEW IN NAIROBI ON MONDAY. THE REPORT FOLLOWED REMARKS BY KENYAN SENATORS SUGGESTING THAT KENYA SHOULD SEND TROOPS TO DEAL WITH MARAUDING "SHIFTA" RAIDERS SAID BY KENYA TO BE OF SOMALI ORIGIN.

    THE WITHDRAWAL OF THE RESIGNATION OF THE SOMALI GOVERNMENT CAME AFTER MOVES BY SOMALI PRESIDENT ADEN ABDULLAH OSMAN, WHO ON MONDAY REFUSED TO ACCEPT THE RESIGNATION ON THE GROUNDS THAT IT WAS AN INOPPORTUNE MOMENT FOR A GOVERNMENT POLITICAL CRISIS, AND HE DID NOT CONSIDER PARLIAMENT'S REJECTION OF TWO DRAFT LAWS A VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE. IT WAS THE REJECTION OF THE DRAFT LAWS WHICH PROMPTED PRIME MINISTER ABDIRIZAK HAJI HUSSEIN TO TENDER THE RESIGNATION OF HIS GOVERNMENT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA3X3P7ONIA190LG3T9OE1EKIE
    Media URN:
    VLVAA3X3P7ONIA190LG3T9OE1EKIE
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/06/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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