President Jomo Kenyatta welcomed Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia and President Jaafar El-Nimeiry of Sudan on Monday (December 10) to the celebrations marking the tenth anniversary of Kenya's Independence.
President Jomo Kenyatta welcomed Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia and President Jaafar El-Nimeiry of Sudan on Monday (December 10) to the celebrations marking the tenth anniversary of Kenya's Independence. He also greeted General Idi Amin of Uganda who arrived, piloting his own helicopter.
Later in the day, President Kenyatta, now in his eighties, took part in tribal dancing at the Kenyatta Conference Centre. Vice-President Mr. Daniel Arab Moi, unveiled a new statue of the President by the sculptor James Butler.
The Independence Celebrations, which were planned by a committee of Ministers, will continue throughout the week. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are public holidays. The President will participate in many of the festivities. He has been President since 1963 when Kenya gained Independence from British colonial rule. Since then he has prevented tribal feuding and made Kenya one of Africa's most economically successful nations. Exports run at about 100 million pounds sterling (240 million dollars), a year, and last year the World Bank Organisation held its annual conference there.
President Amin sent President Kenyatta a telegram before the arrived expressing the hope that the President would soon succeed in putting the total economy of Kenya in the hands of black Kenyans. Last year General Amin expelled thousands of Asians from Uganda. Kenya has some 50,000 white and Asian citizens who are officially entitled to the same rights as majority blacks.