• Short Summary

    KENYA BECAME A REPUBLIC WITHIN THE COMMONWEALTH AT MIDNIGHT LAST NIGHT (FRIDAY) WHEN PRESIDENT KENYATTA'S PERSONAL STANDARD WAS RAISED AT A PACKED STADIUM NEAR NAIROBI.

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    KENYA BECAME A REPUBLIC WITHIN THE COMMONWEALTH AT MIDNIGHT LAST NIGHT (FRIDAY) WHEN PRESIDENT KENYATTA'S PERSONAL STANDARD WAS RAISED AT A PACKED STADIUM NEAR NAIROBI. FORMALITIES WERE COMPLETED TODAY, WHEN PRESIDENT KENYATTA AND HIS CABINET TOOK THE OATH OF OFFICE.

    LAST NIGHT'S CEREMONY IN THE STADIUM, RENAMED JAMHURI (REPUBLIC) FOR THE OCCASION, WAS ATTENDED BY THOUSANDS, INCLUDING REPRESENTATIVES FROM MANY AFRICAN AND OTHER STATES, AS WELL AS LEADERS OF THE NEW KENYA GOVERNMENT. THESE INCLUDED MR. TOM MBOYA, THE NEW MINISTER FOR ECONOMIC PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT.

    BEFORE THE FLAG RAISING CAME A FOUR-HOUR PROGRAMME OF TRIBAL DANCING, IN WHICH ALL OF KENYA'S SEVEN REGIONS WERE REPRESENTED. THEN THE PRESIDENT'S STANDARD, BLUE WITH CROSSED GOLDEN SPEARS AND A GOLDEN COCKEREL, WAS RAISED AND FLOODLIT AMID A ROAR OF CHEERING FROM THE TENS OF THOUSANDS PACKED INTO THE STADIUM.

    IN A BROADCAST BEFORE DRIVING TO THE JAMHURI STADIUM, PRESIDENT KENYATTA SAID THE UNITY WHICH HAD BEEN BUILT IN KENYA COULD OFFER "A NEW PHILOSOPHY AND A NEW PRACTICAL CHALLENGE TO A WORLD WRAPPED IN DEADLOCK BETWEEN TWO MASSIVE SYSTEMS WHOSE PROUDEST BOAST IS THEIR CAPACITY TO ANNIHILATE MANKIND."

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEB6ESTYX9UWXRLKMZHFMCI1GQ
    Media URN:
    VLVAEB6ESTYX9UWXRLKMZHFMCI1GQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/12/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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