Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi has set free prisoners held in political detention under the late President Jomo Kenyatta.
GV President Daniel Arap Moi of Kenya waving to crowd from military truck and crowd applauding (3 shots)
SV Soldier watching
GV Moi steps down from truck and walks across parade ground waving to crowd (2 shots)
GV Colours are presented by troops
CU Moi watches as colours are trooped past
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GV Old and new aircraft fly overhead in salute (2 shots)
GV Troops give Moi three cheers
SV President Moi speaking in English (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 9: MOI: "The events of the last few months would have seriously, would have seriously, shaken the stability of some countries. But over that period, we in Kenya have demonstrated that we are politically mature, and can manage our affairs in a peaceful and orderly fashion. Political maturity is an asset we must continue to value highly. I therefore appeal to ll Kenyans, particularly the politicians, to avoid irresponsible tactics and strategies. As you know, considerations of national security have, in the past, compelled the government to take strong measures against a few individuals whose activities endangered our unity and stability. Such measures have included detention. In order to show all Kenyans that I have firm faith and confidence int heir determination to respect and promote our unity and stability, I have today released all detainees."
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Background: 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.