Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi has freed 8,463 prisoners, including members of the airforce who were jailed for their involvement in an abortive coup last August.
GV & PAN President Daniel arap Moi arriving in Nairobi Park for Madaraka Day celebrations
SV PULL BACK TO GV President Moi shaking hands with various military leaders, before sitting with them
GV ZOOM TO SV Military parade with crowd looking on (3 shots)
GV ZOOM TO SV Armoured vehicles
GV PAN Jet fighter aircraft flying overhead (3 shots)
SV President Moi and military leaders watching fly-past
GVs Tribal dance
SV President Moi addressing the people in Nairobi Park (SOT)
TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE EIGHT):
MOI: To mark the 20th anniversary of Madaraka Day, I have therefore decided to set free another group of eight thousand...applause...eight thousand four hundred and sixty-three prisoners, including 22 detainees, mainly the armed forces. At the present time the Organisation is facing grave challenges but everything must be done to save it from possible collapse. As you all know, arrangements have been finalised to re-convene the 19th OAU summit in Addis Ababa next week. And as I have publicly indicated it is my profound hope that all the leaders of Africa will attend and make their contribution, in accordance with the charter and the spirit of the Organisation. As the title of the OAU signifies, we must organise ourselves to harness the full economic and political potential of mother Africa."
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Background: Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi has freed 8,463 prisoners, including members of the airforce who were jailed for their involvement in an abortive coup last August. The Kenyan leader announced his amnesty at a military parade and fly-past by jet fighters, marking 20 years of self-rule in Kenya. Officials gave no details of the 22 detainees who are among the mainly "short-term" prisoners to be released. In his "Madaraka Day" speech in Nairobi Park on June 1, President Moi also appealed to other African leaders to attend next week's (June 6) Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit in Ethiopia. Two attempts to hold the summit in Libya last year were abandoned because of political differences over representation by Western Sahara and Chad. President Moi is the current chairman of the OAU.