Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi has set free prisoners held in political detention under the late President Jomo Kenyatta.
Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi has set free prisoners held in political detention under the late President Jomo Kenyatta. His announcement came on Tuesday (12 December) in a speech marking the fifteenth anniversary of Kenya's independence from Britain.
SYNOPSIS: President Moi attended the celebrations that attracted thousands to a part in central Nairobi. Among those to be set free are three prominent members of parliament and author Ngugi Wa Thiongo, former head of the literature department at Nairobi University, who was detained at his home in December last year. Mr. Moi did not say how many detainees were involved, but diplomatic sources believed where were fifteen. The release of the detainees made Kenya one of the few African countries which could claim having no political prisoners.
President Moi has made swift an unexpected impact since he took over on the death of Jomo Kenyatta last August. He has launched a clamp-down on corruption, which brought about a shake-up in the police force and heavily restricted the coffee-smuggling racket in Kenya. He has also taken steps to end unfairness in allocation of land.
In his speech, President Moi emphasised improving the lot of the individual Kenyan, especially through education, and then said why he felt the detainees should be released.