Kenyatta Day is celebrated every year in Kenya to mark the anniversary of the day in 1952 that Jomo Kenyatta, now the country's President, was arrested for "managing" Mau Mau, the Kenyan Nationalist movement which was destined to lead the country to independence.
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LV President Kenyatta with Mama Ngina watching parade
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SV Anti cattle rustling camel mounted detachment parade past (2 shots)
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SCU President Kenyatta with Vice-President Daniel Arap Moi watching aircraft flypast (6 shots)
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PRESIDENT KENYATTA: "Many of you might have been too young to remember the day my colleagues and I were arrested, some twenty four years ago. Later, the setting aside of Kenyatta Day was for the purpose of consolidating the nationwide crusade for human dignity in freedom. Today I am proud to say that the concept of our Republic's national unity has taken a firm foundation in the designs and emotions of our people". (PRESIDENT KENYATTA CONTINUES BRIEFLY IN KISWAHILI)
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Background: Kenyatta Day is celebrated every year in Kenya to mark the anniversary of the day in 1952 that Jomo Kenyatta, now the country's President, was arrested for "managing" Mau Mau, the Kenyan Nationalist movement which was destined to lead the country to independence. President Kenyatta customarily wears the same leather jacket on these occasions as the one he was arrested in twenty-four years ago.
SYNOPSIS: The band of the Kenya Armed Forces led the march past at Nairobi's Uhuru Park on Wednesday (20th October) to celebrate the twenty-fourth anniversary of the arrest of President Kenyatta by the then colonial Government. In independent Kenya, the day is marked by festivities in every town and district.
A special police unit mounted on camels and fresh from anti cattle-rustling duty in the semi desert north of Kenya attracted the attention of the large crowd at Uhuru Park - as did a drive-past of mechanised vehicles drawn from the Kenya Army, Air Force, Police Force, and National Youth Service.
But the high point of the parade just before the President made his annual speech for the occasion, was a fly-past of transport aircraft and jet fighters mounted by the Kenya Air Force.
At the conclusion of his speech, President Kenyatta who is now in his eighties, left Uhuru Park in an open limousine, waving his famous fly-whisk in acknowledgement of the cheers of the crowd.