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COASTWEEK, September 07 - 13, 1979:

Coastweek -- OVER 16,000 job-seekers were registered in Mombasa during the ‘ten percent additional employee intake’ drive.

The Provincial 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.

KENYA’S Civil 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 competitive prices.

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.

MASTER story-teller 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.

HEART-throb Ajit 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 Zeenat Aman.

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 600.

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.

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