National Geographic : 1969 Feb
February 1969 THE NATIONALGEOGRAPHICMAGAZINEVOL. 135, NO. 2 COPYRIGHT© 1969 BY NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,WASHINGTON,D.C. INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHTSECURED Kenya Says Harambee! By ALLAN C. FISHER, JR. Senior Assistant Editor Illustrations by National Geographic PhotographerBRUCE DALE ERECTLY, WITH JUST A HINT of ar rogance in the set of his thick shoulders and the upward thrust of his head, the Old Man stood before the crowd. So that all could look full upon him, he turned from side to side his patriarchal face: gray bearded, broad and brooding, the slightly protuberant eyes shining moistly from amidst the black skin. His right hand, clutching the ever-present fly whisk, swept upward in a theatrical ges ture no field marshal with baton could have hoped to match. Old lion, how impressive you are. In my thoughts I paid him tribute. You are lord of the pride, and everyone here acknowledges it. In a clear, commanding voice the Old Man called out, "Harambee!" (Hah-rahm-BAY!). From the massed thousands, like a single thunderous echo from encircling cliffs, the word returned, "Haaa-raaam-BAYYY!" They are with you. They love your every practiced move. In you they see themselves one people, one nation. His Excellency Jomo Kenyatta, once con victed as leader of the dreaded Mau Mau terrorists, now President of the Republic of Kenya, consistent exponent of racial toler ance, self-help for nations, and moderation in politics, and in the opinion of many the pre mier statesman among the new African na tions, had come to his home district of Gatun du to dedicate a new hospital. As always in his public appearances, he had not missed the opportunity to exhort the crowd with the cry of"Harambee," a Swahili word meaning "Let us all pull together," picked by President Ken yatta as the national motto. It signifies Ken ya's attempt to make a place for itself among the world's stable and prosperous nations. Old lion of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta leads his fledg ling nation along the path toward self-help, hard work, and racial good will. Here, over a Voice of Kenya microphone, he calls on Kenyans of all tribes to forget grudges and unite for future greatness. From his wrist dangles a silver-handled horsehair fly whisk, or mgwisho-a Kenyatta trademark.