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THIRTY EIGHT Years Ago -
COASTWEEK, March 16 - 22, 1979:

Coastweek -- A large and very flattering photograph of His Excellency President Daniel Arap Moi dressed in full and very colourful regalia of a Pokomo Elder graced the front page of Coastweek, together with a report on his success in raising more than K. Shs. one million at a ‘harambee’ in aid of Ngao Africa Inland Church in Tana River District.

AMGECO (African Marine and General Engineering) Mombasa shipyard introduced a new hull cleaning service using a high-pressure water hose delivering upto 15,000 lbs. PSI with which to blast and scrape old rust and sea growth off iron and steel plates.

Taking an educational look at the Coast’s then booming tourist industry were two senior and highly impressed Sudanese Government officials - General Mahmoud A Elfaki and Sudanese Tourism Corporation director general Sayed Maghoub Mohamed Ali.

Mrs Julie Kabetu was declared ‘Sports Woman of the Year’ by Mombasa Sports Club chairman Nathu Nathwani, who similarly congratulated ‘Sports Man of the Year’ Mukesh Rajani. Two other awards for sporting administration were ‘Best Woman of the Year’ Mrs Alison Cunningham and ‘Best Man of the Year’ Bill Sell.

All time ‘great’ Pakistani cricket star Hanif Mohamed, also known as the ‘Little Master’ was visiting Mombasa as manager of the PIA touring cricket squad - he held the record for the longest test innings ever of 16 hours 39 minutes to score 337 runs against the West Indies in at Barbados in 1957.

KENYA Cinema was still showing Bill Cosby, Sidney Poitier and James Earl Jones in ‘A Piece Of The Action’, REGAL screened Charles Bronson and Lee Remick in the thriller ‘Telefon’, NAAZ offered ‘Kingdom Of The Spiders’ - ‘a Living, Crawling Hell On Earth’, while at CHOX it was Dharmendra and Mumtaz in the charming comedy ‘Loafer’.

Letter writers included Mombasa North M.P. Hon. Said Hemed, Mombasa Muslim Association chairman Hassanaly Mussa Jetha, Bamburi Portland Cement Company managing director Dick Roberts, and the ‘Da Da Freak Group’ InterContinental Hotel Nairobi (they were fans of Mombasa disc jockey ‘Mashada’ - who had featured in an appreciative article by nightclub correspondent Gray Phombeah).

Thought for the Week - The wiser you are, the more you believe.

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