INTRODUCTION: Kenya's President Jomo Kenyatta returned to the nation's capital, Nairobi on Tuesday (23 May) to take part in the country's celebration of its 14th anniversary of self-government.
INTRODUCTION: Kenya's President Jomo Kenyatta returned to the nation's capital, Nairobi on Tuesday (23 May) to take part in the country's celebration of its 14th anniversary of self-government. He had been in the coastal resort of Mombasa on a six-week official visit.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of people turned out at the Nairobi city boundary to welcome back President Kenyatta. His return came after fears had been expressed for the again President's health, and there had been some doubt whether he would be fit to attend the celebrations.
Among the official welcoming party was vice-President Daniel Arap Moi, who's President Kenyatta's constitutional successor. He was one of those who organised the welcome. A series of public events are also planned for the celebration of internal self-government - six months before full independence from Britain.
On his Mombasa visit, President Kenyatta carried out several official functions at the State House in the seaside city, and toured the neighbouring area to inspect development activities. Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya, and refinery there produces a large amount of the oil and petrol used by the country. The area also has considerable historical importance, and during his visit President Kenyatta ordered the preservation of several ancient buildings in the town of Takaungu. The buildings were once used as a slave market. He toured schools, and tribesmen from several districts entertained him at official functions.