• Short Summary

    MR. DANIEL ARAP MOI, THE VICE PRESIDENT OF KENYA, CARRIED OUT AN INSPECTION YESTERDAY (SATURDAY)?

  • Description

    MR. DANIEL ARAP MOI, THE VICE PRESIDENT OF KENYA, CARRIED OUT AN INSPECTION YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) ??? COMPANY OF THE GENERAL SERVICE UNIT OF THE KENYA POLICE. THE GENERAL SERVICE UNIT IS AN OPERATIONAL FORCE, DEPLOYED IN DEALING WITH SITUATIONS AFFECTING INTERNAL SECURITY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. SATURDAY'S PARADE TOOK PLACE AT THE COMPANY'S HEADQUARTERS AT EMBAKASI, NEAR NAIROBI.

    THE UNIT WAS FIRST FORMED AS LONG AGO AS 1948, AND CONSISTED OF A FORCE OF SEVERAL LORRIES AND ABOUT FIFTY PERSONNEL DRAWN FROM LOCAL POLICE STATIONS IN THE NYANZA PROVINCE. GRADUALLY IT INCREASED ITS ESTABLISHMENT, AND ACQUIRED ARMOURED CARS AND BREN GUN CARRIES OTHER PROVINCES HAD ENTERED THE SCHEME BY 1950.

    NOT UNTIL 1953 DID IT BECOME KNOWN AS THE GENERAL SERVICE UNIT. AT THIS TIME IT WAS INCREASED TO 23 PLATOONS A??? DIVIDED INTO THREE OPERATION AREAS BASED ON NAIROBI, NAKURU, AND NYERI. THE UNIT AS IT EXISTS TODAY CAN BE SAID TO DATE FROM 1957, WHEN THE VARIOUS GROUPS WERE BROUGHT UNDER THE COMMAND OF ONE OFFICER - THE PRESENT ONE BEING MR. B.M. GETHI.

    THE COMPANY ON PARADE YESTERDAY WAS RECRUITED IN AUGUST 1967, AND CONSISTED OF MEN WITH NO PREVIOUS POLICE OR MILITARY TRAINING. THEY HAVE NOW COMPLETED A FOUR-MONTH COURSE WITH THE UNIT'S TRAINING WING.

    EACH PLATOON IS COMMANDED BY AN INSPECTOR, AND IS A COMPLETELY SELF-CONTAINED UNIT WITH ITS OWN TRANSPORT, ARMS, STORES, AND TENTAGE. THEY ARE FULLY MOBILE AND CAN MOVE TO ANY PART OF THE COUNTRY AT VERY SHORT NOTICE. AT PRESENT, THEIR MAIN COMMITMENT IS IN THE NORTH EAST PROVINCE ON ACTIVE SERVICE AGAINST THE DISSIDENT SHIFTA TRIBESMEN. THIS COMPANY WILL SOON ENTER THE FIGHTING AREA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAANQ85XMV8GKTVIDG2KX105JF1
    Media URN:
    VLVAANQ85XMV8GKTVIDG2KX105JF1
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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