Vice-President Daniel Arap Moi of Kenya returned home on Tuesday (6 July) amid heavy security and allegations about Kenya's involvement in the Israeli raid on Uganda's Entebbe Airport last weekend.
GVs EXTERIOR Kenyan Vice-President Daniel Arap Moi down aircraft steps and greeted by Kenyan ministers and Police Chief Bernard Hinga (2 shots)
GV Moi and welcoming party across tarmac
SV Traditional dancers greeting Moi
SV Police carrying small machine guns
SVs INTERIOR Airport lounge, Moi speaking at news conference and refusing to answer questions (2 shots)
SV EXTERIOR Moi shakes hands with welcoming party and into car
CU Police chief Hinga
CU Moi's car leaving airport
MOI: "I think the resolutions .. as far as the resolutions are concerned .. covered a number of issues. One -- southern part of Africa .. Rhodesia, Namibia and South Africa itself. As you all know, about 176 innocent citizens, in South Africa were massacred .... and had to occupy time during the conference. And we're happy to be back home."
REPORTER: "What about the situation with Israel and the other African states?"
MOI: "Well, we made a statement down there so don't .. well .. I .."
REPORTER: "Say something for us."
MOI: "I said down Where .."
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Background: Vice-President Daniel Arap Moi of Kenya returned home on Tuesday (6 July) amid heavy security and allegations about Kenya's involvement in the Israeli raid on Uganda's Entebbe Airport last weekend.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Moi was returning from the 132th annual summit meeting of the Organisation of African Unity -- the OAU -- in Port Louis, Mauritius. He was greeted on arrival at Nairobi airport by several government ministers and the Commissioner of Police, Bernard Hinga. News reports say this was an unusually high-level welcome, reflective of the tension in Kenya about the allegations. Mr. Arap Moi was at the OAU meeting when it was revealed that the Israeli aircraft involved in the operation refuelled at Nairobi airport. At the OAU, Mr. Moi flatly denied any Kenyan complicity in the affair.
The heavy security was reflected in the unusual issue of small machine guns to ordinary police.
At an airport news conference, Mr. Moi spoke about the recent race-riot deaths in South Africa -- but pointedly refused to talk about the Israeli raid.
Despite laughter at the end of the news conference, newsmen said Mr. Moi appeared angry with the questions.
Police Commissioner Hinga kept close by as the Vice-President left Kenya has officially condemned Israel for the raid, but two leading local newspapers have praised the operation, and were strongly critical of President Amin's role in the affair.