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Background: The Prime Minister visits Elgeyo. Mr Kenyatta and his accompanying party of Ministers, called at Kaptenda today. After touring agricultural area and speaking to farmers, he then went on to lay the foundation of the New Patenda Girls Secondary School.
Mr. Kenyatta urged Kenyans of all races to join in building up the country. He told crowds that as President of the National Union he was presenting twenty thousand shillings to Kaptenda towards the cost of educational projects in the district.
Afterwards the Prime Minister took time to go fishing with Mr Mboya in one of the Elgeyo rivers. Mr Mboya landed a fish.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister opened the seventh Elgeyo Marakwet County Council agricultural show. On parade was the band of the Kenya Police, wearing their new uniforms.
As the Prime Minister entered the show ground, the crowd rushed forward to greet him. He arrived in an open Landrover and drove round the arena with his party of minister. Crowds gathered round Mr Kenyatta as he inspected livestock on the show ground. It was his first visit to the Elgeyo land and he said he was surprised to find the people had achieved greater progress than many farmers in the Nairobi area. Sheep were among other livestock inspected by the Prime Minister. One of the judges, Mr Wilson, who is himself a sheep farmer in Kenya, said he was very impressed with the animals he judged. The overall first and second were owned by Mr Talai and both animals were born and breddin the area from stock bought elsewhere in Kenya. After inspecting entries in the show, the Prime Minister had his party were shown the view from the showground by the President of the Rift Valley regional assembly, Mr. Moi.
The Mr. Kenyatta declared the show open. He said that Kenya's future economic development would largely depend on the ability of the people to work hard with their own hands. He pointed out that shows were important to Kenya. They taught Kenya's boys and girls that agriculture and handicrafts were honourable occupations and not just dirty jobs. Mr Kenyatta said agriculture was the backbone of the economy, and Kenya must therefore have a progressive farming community of all races. He said his government was strongly in support of all progressive farmers in the country, regardless of their race. And the government would do everything possible to give farmers loans to help them develop their farms.
One of the day's highlights was dancing by the Elgeyo and Marakwat tribes. The Regional government agent Mr Ruto, together with other government ministers watched the dancing. Interested spectators were Mr Mboya, the Minister of Health, Doctor Mingai and the member for the area, Mr Murgor. In an obviously happy mood, the Prime Minister joined the dancers.