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Richard Nixon Library releases photos of then Kenyan Vice President Moi visiting White House in 1969

Richard Nixon Library releases photos of then Kenyan Vice President Moi  visiting White House in 1969
December 27
01:09 2017

BY BMJ MURIITHI

Barely four months into Richard Nixon’s presidency, then Kenya’s Vice-President Daniel T. arap Moi visited him at the White House in Washington DC.

Nixon, who was sworn in on January 20th 1969 hosted  Mr. Moi on 6th May 1969.

Moi’s boss, Jomo Kenyatta, had sent him with a special message to Nixon.  Kenyatta rarely traveled outside the country and according to a biography by one of his cabinet minister and confidant, the late Dr Njoroge Mungai, he suffered from flight and height phobia. Thus Moi would represent him outside Kenya most of the time.

In the photos below, the third gentleman (in spectacles) is Amb. Leonard Oliver Kibinge, Kenya’s then ambassador to the United States, and later, Permanent Secretary in Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Ministry. [Additional Caption courtesy: Samrack]

Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States from 1969 until 1974, when he resigned from office, the only U.S. president to do so. He had previously served as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961, and prior to that as a U.S. Representative and also Senator from California.

Images courtesy of contact sheets kindly made available by the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.

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The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is the presidential library and final resting place of Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States (1969–1974), and his wife, Pat Nixon.

Located in Yorba Linda, California on land that President Nixon’s family once owned, the library is one of 13 administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The 9-acre (3.6 ha) campus is located at 18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard in Yorba Linda and incorporates the Richard Nixon Birthplace, a National Historic Landmark where Nixon was born in 1913 and spent his childhood.

 

 

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