Thousands of Kenyans flocked to Jamhuri Park in Nairobi for the opening of the week-long Nairobi Show.
Thousands of Kenyans flocked to Jamhuri Park in Nairobi for the opening of the week-long Nairobi Show. Seventeen nations are displaying their products at the show.
President Jomo Kenyatta opened the show. He said that the displays mounted by overseas countries reflected confidence in the stability and development of Kenya.
The President also spoke about the improved livestock entries for the stock. Research programmes, he said, showed promise of large-scale entry into world export markets for Kenya beef.
Attractions at the five-day show include a funfair, a military tattoo, show jumping, traditional dancing and performances by hands from Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia.
SYNOPSIS: The accent in on agriculture at the annual Nairobi Show--one of East Africa's gayest commercial shop windows.
A total of seventeen overseas countries have taken pavilions and stands at the show to bring to Kenya and East Africa the best they have to offer. In his opening speech, the President of Kenya said that the displays from abroad reflected confidence in the stability and development of Kenya.
Although the number of livestock entries is fewer than in previous years, the quality of the cattle is very much higher. Breeders are only showing the very best their farms have to offer. Research programmes in livestock breeding, said the President, showed promise of large scale entry into world export markets for Kenya beef.
Kenya's Ministry of Natural Resources is putting some of its newest equipment on show, including hydraulic log-handling equipment which can do the work of whole teams of lumber jacks.
The Kenya Army has its armour and weapons on show--a big attraction for the youngsters and a boost to its recruitment campaigns.
One of the most unusual displays at this year's show is presented by the General Service Unit, specially organised and equipped to deal with civil disturbance. The unit is armed with batons and shields and has developed distinctive anti-riot tactics. Troops of the unit charge the rioters but stop short before they reach them and go through an aggressive baton drill.
A second line of troops come through them to surround the rioters.
Kenya has a growing reputation for domestic peace and harmony in a strife-torn world and the security forces intend to see that the country lives up to it.