• Short Summary

    IN KENYA, A SLOWLY MOVING RIVER PROVIDED A PEACEFUL SETTING - A SETTING THAT COULD BECOME A BATTLEGROUND.

  • Description

    IN KENYA, A SLOWLY MOVING RIVER PROVIDED A PEACEFUL SETTING - A SETTING THAT COULD BECOME A BATTLEGROUND.FOR THIS IS THE NORTHERN FRONTIER DISTRICT, HOME OF 435,000 TRIBESPEOPLE, NEARLY HALF OF WHOM WANT NO PART OF AN INDEPENDENT KENYA, RUN BY AFRICAN POLITICIANS IN NAIROBI.THESE PEOPLE, PREDOMINANTLY SOMALI, ARE DEMANDING THE RIGHT TO SECEDE AND JOIN NEIGHBOURING SOMALIA.

    AND ALREADY THE SIGNS ARE APPEARING OF A CONFLICT THAT COULD BECOME BOTH BITTER AND DRAWN OUT.THE DECISION OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO CREATE A SEVENTH PROVINCE FROM A LARGE PROPORTION OF THE N.F.D.AND GIVE ITS LARGELY SOMALI POPULATION EXTENSIVE LOCAL AUTONOMY, HAS RESULTED IN CLASHES BETWEEN SOMALIS AND KENYA POLICE.IN MOGADISHU, CAPITAL OF SOMALIA, ARMED GUARDS WERE PLACED ROUND THE BRITISH EMBASSY.YESTERDAY (MONDAY) A SOMALI GOVERNMENT NOTE ASKED BRITAIN TO WITHDRAW DIPLOMATIC REPRESENTATION.THIS FINAL STEP TOWARDS A BREACH WITH BRITAIN FOLLOWED ANTI-BRITISH DEMONSTRATIONS AND RIOTS IN MANY PARTS OF THE N.F.D.

    GENERAL SERVICE UNITS OF THE KENYA POLICE - THE COUNTRY'S HIGHLY-TRAINED, GO-ANYWHERE FORCE - HAVE BEEN IN ACTION TO RESTORE LAW AND ORDER.TWO UNITS HAVE BEEN STATIONED AT GARISSA.THEY HAD BEEN FLOWN IN THE TOWN'S SMALL AIRSTRIP BY THE ROYAL AIR FORCE LAST MONTH WHEN FIGHTING BROKE OUT AMONG SOMALIS AND THE SUPPORTERS OF AFRICAN POLITICIANS.THE CASUALTY LIST THEN STOOD AT: KENYA POLICE, THREE INJURED; TRIBAL POLICE, SIX INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY; SOMALIS, FOUR INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY; LOCAL TRIBES, ELEVEN INJURED, THREE SERIOUSLY.

    ON SUNDAY FIVE PEOPLE, INCLUDING A 10-YEAR-OLD BOY, WERE KILLED IN CLASHES NEAR A WATERHOLE IN THE MANDERA DISTRICT, A SOMALI POPULATED AREA.FIVE OTHERS ARE MISSING, BELIEVED KILLED.THE NUMBER OF REPORTED DISTURBANCES GROW MORE FREQUENT.IN NAIROBI, MR.JOMO KENYATTA, LEADER OF THE POWERFUL KENYA AFRICAN NATIONAL UNION PARTY, HAS SAID THAT HE WOULD GO TO WAR RATHER THAN YIELD IN INCH OF TERRITORY.THIS REMARK WAS DOUBTLESS WELCOMED BY THE N.F.D.TRIBES WHO OPPOSE JOINING SOMALIA.BUT SOMALIA'S PRIME MINISTER, DR.SHERMARKE, WAS SWIFT TO REPLY, "IF THEY GO TO WAR, SO MUST WE" HE SAID.

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    Film ID:
    VLVATH8UX94KGZ3RL3JDAFUW4KLA
    Media URN:
    VLVATH8UX94KGZ3RL3JDAFUW4KLA
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/03/1963
    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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