• Short Summary

    Riruta - a new town for Kikuyu tribesmen in Southern Kenya - was officially opened seven miles west of Nairobi August 11.

  • Description

    Riruta - a new town for Kikuyu tribesmen in Southern Kenya - was officially opened seven miles west of Nairobi August 11.

    An area of 247 acres of undulating heathland was been divided into 613 freehold residential plots for the erection of modern concrete houses with tapped water and electricity for lighting and cooking.

    The 74 houses already built - prices varying from GBP273 to GBP650 - were viewed by Africans and Europeans after the unveiling of a plaque by Minister of Housing, Musa Amalemba, and an inaugural speech by Dr. Kiano, a member of the Legislative Council.

    The new houses - in marked contrast to the old huts which are being demolished - have a concrete floor and stone plastered walls, a corrugated asbestos roof, and steel windows with glass and meshed wire. Purchase loans are repayable over ten or fifteen years at an interest rate of 3 1/4 per cent.

    The new town, which is being developed by the Dagoretti Development Board on behalf of the Kiambu African District Council, will also be equipped with shops, a health centre, schools and two churches.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC3TTRGOCF180FAR6GWZH08ULT
    Media URN:
    VLVAC3TTRGOCF180FAR6GWZH08ULT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/08/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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