President Jomo Kenyatta marked the Fourth Day of Kenya Forces Week by officially visiting the Gilgil Garrison, Kenya Army, in the Rift Valley Province yesterday (4 March); the President is Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
GV SIGN "GILGIL BARRACKS"
GV KENYATTA ARRIVES WITH ESCORT
MV KENYATTA IS GREETED BY COMMANDING OFFICER
SV KENYATTA MEETS OTHER OFFICERS
GV & CU KENYATTA INSPECTS GUARD OF HONOUR (3 SHOTS)
SV & GV TROOPS MARCH PAST
CU KENYATTA ON DAIS
LV TROOPS MARCH PAST
SV KENYATTA IN LAND ROVER MOVES OFF TO INSPECT ANOTHER PART OF BARRACKS
CU SIGN "SUPPORT BATTALION"
SV & GV A LINE OF SALADIN ARMOURED CARS
GV & SV KENYATTA IN LAND ROVER INSPECTS ARMOURED CARS (3 SHOTS)
GV & SV KENYATTA IN LAND ROVER INSPECTS MORTAR CREWS (3 SHOTS)
GV AIRCRAFT FLIES OVER DROPPING PARACHUTISTS
GV PARACHUTIST LANDING
CU PARACHUTIST ON GROUND PREPARES BREN GUN FOR ACTION
LV MORE PARACHUTISTS LANDING
GV KENYATTA STEPS FROM LAND ROVER AND WALKS TO DAIS TO ADDRESS TROOPS
SV TROOPS LINED UP
SV & CU KENYATTA ADDRESSES TROOPS
SV TROOPS GIVE THREE CHEERS
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Background: President Jomo Kenyatta marked the Fourth Day of Kenya Forces Week by officially visiting the Gilgil Garrison, Kenya Army, in the Rift Valley Province yesterday (4 March); the President is Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
The President was greeted by the Commanding Officer and introduced to other officers, then he inspected a Guard of Honour mounted by the 7th Battalion kenya Rifles with the Band of the Armed Forces in attendance. He also reviewed the Support Battalion of the Kenya Army and addressed all ranks of the 7th Kenya Rifles and Support Battalion in Kenyatta Barracks.
A line of Saladin armoured cars and mortar crews were also paraded for President Kenyatta as he stood in his land rover. Later he also viewed a special display of parachutists making a drop at Gilgil airstrip before returning to Nairobi.
At the start of Kenya Forces Week, the President said that the aim was partly to raise the remaining funds for the construction of the Forces Memorial Hospital, but equally important, it was to show the people something of the activities of the Security Forces in Kenya and to foster good public relations between the Forces and the people.
A Celebrity Football Match between Cabinet Ministers and the Diplomatic Corps on the First Day (Saturday, 1 March) was an enormous success. The Second Day belonged to the Kenya Air Force and the Kenya Navy and on Monday, the Third Day, more than 30 members of the Armed Forces gave a pint of blood each at the Blood Donors Centre in Nairobi. The Vice-President and Minister for Home Affairs, Mr Moi, was the first to give blood followed by the Ministers for Defence, Dr Mungai, who accompanied President Kenyatta on his visit to Gilgil Garrison yesterday.
The rest of the Kenya Forces Week will include a Commemorative Luncheon and an official visit by the President to the Armed Forces and Kenya Police Open Day at Jamhuri Park, Nairobi.