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    KENYA TODAY (THURSDAY) IS CELEBRATING ITS FIRST DAY OF FULL INDEPENDENCE. THIS AFTERNOON IT BECAME?

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    1.
    MV NEW KENYA FLAG
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    2.
    LV TOWN CLERK READS FREEDOM PROCLAMATION
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    3.
    MV CROWD
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    4.
    LV DUKE PRESENTED WITH FREEDOM OF CITY
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    5.
    LV CROWD
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    6.
    LV KENYATTA PRESENTED WITH FREEDOM
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    7.
    LV NIGHT..KAR COLOURS PARADED
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    8.
    MV DUKE AND KENYATTA ON DAIS
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    9.
    CV KAR HANDS OVER COLOURS
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    10.
    MV DUKE AND KENYATTA
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    11.
    LV SLOW MARCH-PAST AS NEW COLOURS PARADED
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    12.
    LV FLAGPOLES - NEW FLAG HOISTED
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    13.
    MV AFRICANS DANCING (5 SHOTS)
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    14.
    LV FIREWORKS IN SKY (4 SHOTS)
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    Initials JT/S/BHH/ES


    EDITORS: SEE ALSO PROD. NO. 10088/63 (ALSO 12 DEC) RE POOL COVERAGE OF OTHER ACTIVITIES YESTERDAY.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: KENYA TODAY (THURSDAY) IS CELEBRATING ITS FIRST DAY OF FULL INDEPENDENCE. THIS AFTERNOON IT BECAME CONSTITUTIONALLY SELF-GOVERNING WHEN THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH HANDED OVER TO MR JOMO KENYATTA, KENYA'S FIRST PRIME MINISTER, THE INSTRUMENTS OF INDEPENDENCE. "THIS IS KENYA'S GREATEST DAY AND THE HAPPIEST IN MY LIFE." DECLARED MR KENYATTA.

    YESTERDAY, BEFORE THE ACTUAL INDEPENDENCE CEREMONY, THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH, REPRESENTING QUEEN ELIZABETH, AND MR KENYATTA RECEIVED THE FREEDOM OF THE CITY OF NAIROBI. THE DUKE TOLD MAYOR CHARLES RUBIA THAT NAIROBI, TO VISITORS, WOULD REPRESENT THE REST OF KENYA. "TO KENYA IT WILL STAND AS AN EXAMPLE AND PATTERN SPECIFICALLY OF THE ADMINISTRATION TO BE FOLLOWED," HE ADDED.

    THE INDEPENDENCE CEREMONY TOOK PLACE IN AN ARENA, SPECIALLY BUILT TO ACCOMMODATE 250,000 PEOPLE. THE DUKE AND MR KENYATTA SHARED THE SPOTLIGHT ON THE OFFICIAL DAIS AS THE KING'S AFRICAN RIFLES HANDED OVER ITS COLOURS TO BECOME THE KENYA ARMY. A FEW MINUTES LATER, IN A SLOW MARCH-PAST, THE NEW REGIMENT PARADED ITS NEW COLOURS.

    THEN, ONE MINUTE AFTER MIDNIGHT LOCAL TIME, SAW THE ARRIVAL OF UHURU (FREEDOM). DOWN CAME THE UNION JACK AND UP WENT THE BLACK, GREEN, RED AND WHITE FLAG OF KENYA. BRITISH RULE HAD ENDED AFTER 68 YEARS, AND KENYA BECAME AFRICA'S 34TH INDEPENDENCE STATE.

    THIS WAS THE SIGNAL FOR THE FESTIVITIES PROPER, BEGINNING WITH A MASSED DISPLAY OF TRIBAL DANCING BY 1,200 DANCERS FROM EVERY CORNER OF KENYA. THE SOUNDS OF DRUMS REVERBERATED THROUGH THE STADIUM, AS THE TRIBESMEN, STAMPING THEIR FEET, SHOUTED "UHURU!"
    THEN FOLLOWED A CASCADE OF ROCKETS OVER THE ARENA, ILLUMINATING NAIROBI, CAPITAL OF THE 18TH AND NEWEST MEMBER OF THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6LM2OS7USQ7F6B1GQ78YPKH14
    Media URN:
    VLVA6LM2OS7USQ7F6B1GQ78YPKH14
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/12/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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