President Jomo Kenyatta presented parchments to army officers and watched the Beating of the Retreat by army bands at the Kahawa Garrison in Nairobi on Friday (December 7), the Garrison's Regimental Day.
GV Soldiers on parade ZOOM TO officer walking forward to receive award from President Kenyatta
SV ZOOM TO Scrolls on table
SV President kenyatta presents scrolls
LV Officer receives award and salutes
SCU Kenyatta presents award
GV Crowd applaud
GV Massed bands marching in slow and quick time during the retreat (with CU Kenyatta looking)
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Background: President Jomo Kenyatta presented parchments to army officers and watched the Beating of the Retreat by army bands at the Kahawa Garrison in Nairobi on Friday (December 7), the Garrison's Regimental Day.
President Kenyatta first opened the garrison's new Moslem Mosque - the first built by the army since 1963. The kahawa Garrison is the home of the Kenyan Army's first Signal Squadron. The Transport Battalion, The Ordinance Depot and the Workshop Battalion. The Garrison Commander is Lieutenant-Commander G.J. Ngundi. The Beating of the Retreat was performed by a Kenya Army Band with the massed Corps of Drums of the kenya Rifles.
The ceremony preceded the celebrations on Wednesday December 12th marking ten years of Independence from British Colonial Rule.
SYNOPSIS: Officer of Kahawa Garrison in Nairobi received Parchments from President Jomo Kenyatta on the Garrison's Regimental Day on Friday.
President Kenyatta, who is also Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Armed Forces, had earlier opened the Garrison's new Moslem Mosque - the first one built by the army since 1963.
The Garrison, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Ngundi, houses the kenyan Army's First Signal Squadron, the Transport Battalion, The Ordinance Depot and the Workshop Battalion. Before Independence, numerous mixed military units were scattered throughout Nairobi, but since then military organisation has gradually been put on a more orderly basis.
The Presentation of the Parchments was followed by the Beating of the Retreat performed by a Kenya Army Band with the massed Corps of Drums of the kenya Rifles. The colourful ceremony was a suitable prelude to next Wednesday's celebrations to mark ten years of independence from British Colonial Rule. The United Kingdom still provides most of kenya's military equipment. Earlier this year there was an exhibition of British Military equipment in Nairobi. Defence Minister James Njeru said kenya would probably soon buy some British Scorpion tanks.