OVER 16,000 job-seekers were registered in Mombasa during the
‘ten percent additional employee intake’ drive.
Permits Officer, Mr. J.M. Odhiang, who also doubled up as the
Provincial Employment Officer attached to the Kenyanization of
the Personnel Bureau, said that 443 job vacancies remained. He
attributed the high number of vacancies remaining to
job-seekers’ low skill level as well as their apathy toward farm
work and non-white collar jobs.
Aviation Board (C.A.B.) rejected Enterprise Holidays’s
application for a charter service licence in a move that came as
a great shock to many. A subsidiary of British Airways,
Enterprise Holidays were pioneering long-haul destinations to a
hitherto virtually untapped mass market in the U.K. at very
A RICE shortage hit
Mombasa as anxious residents awaited President Moi’s personal
directive on the prompt delivery of wheat, flour and rice to be
implemented. Mr. Mbalu, Maize and Produce Board area manager
said that supplies of rice in areas with fewer consumers may
have to be diverted to Mombasa to offset the shortage.
and ‘griot’ American-born Mary Carter Smith was visiting the
Coast spending six days at the Trade Winds Hotel, Diani, where
she gave a free show to honour the International Year of the
Child. In West Africa, a ‘griot’ was known as ‘a keeper of
history and master story teller.’ Over the years she had worked
for a better understanding among blacks and whites, doing it the
Griot way with stories, song and poetry, history and humour.
She had in the past performed for the Smithsonian Institute and
the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.
Singh was to visit the Coast after an extended tour in Nairobi.
The Indian film actor-singer-composer, and the son of an Indian
career diplomat, Ajit was scheduled to perform two shows at the
Oceanic Hotel on September 14th and 15th.
KENYA Cinema was beginning
its run of “The Next Man”
starring Sean Connery who plays Khalil Abdul Muhsen, an Arab
Prince with a dream of peace who is sent by his King to address
the United Nations to speak of compromise and hope.
NAAZ Cinema meanwhile was
moving on to “Lawman,”
an action-packed story set in the wild West starring Burt
Lancaster. REGAL Cinema was
still showing “The Ten Commandments”
with Charlton Heston and Yul Bryner to packed audiences even
though it was coming to the screen for the eight time that year.
CHOX Cinema played
“Ajnabee” (‘Stranger’) with Rajesh Khanna and
COAST writer Jim Allen
wrote a vivid description of ‘Vave,’ a rare Bajuni dance of
exceptional beauty that he lamented was fast disappearing as a
cultural treasure, probably never to be performed again.
LETTER writers included
M.O. Mzamil the M.P. for
Lamu East, who was inviting wananchi to a fundraising towards
the cost of building a sea-wall on Ndau Island;
Mbogholi wa M. Dominic who
argued that “The Poor Need Development;”
Ibnu el-Farouq el-Famawy who wanted to
congratulate M.P. Shariff Nassir
for spreading the Nyayo philosophy so effectively at the Coast
as well as in the whole country; and key-ring collector
M. H. Mohamedali, who was
looking to increase his collection from his current total of
BLAST from the past -
Financial columnist Garry Bradley
wrote that executive type houses were renting for Shs. 6,000/=
a month, whereas four years ago they could be obtained for
half this amount. Flats were leased at Shs. 2,000/= a month.