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THIRTY EIGHT YEARS AGO -
COASTWEEK, September 14 -20, 1979

Coastweek -- A picture of a wide-eyed, regal-looking lion from the Amboseli Game Reserve graced the front page of Coastweek.  The five-year-old large, wild cat was spotted by Mombasa camera buff Mustafa Nasser during a visit to the teeming wildlife park.  The National Geographic Society magazine had a full-time correspondent in the Reserve studying the lion’s behavior patterns and were expected to feature it in future issues.

The Municipal Fire Brigade reported that at least ten people had died and property worth KSh. 2,777, 697. 15 had been destroyed in fires since January. The latest figures indicated that there was an average of 23 fire cases a month in Mombasa alone. Insurance companies declined to give figures but admitted that pay-offs made to fire victims ran into millions of shillings.

Tanzanians were looking into the possibility of constructing a plant at Songo Songo in Kilwa district to exploit the newly discovered gas for the manufacture of Ammonia and Urea.  If the project succeeded, the manufacture of Urea from the 30 billion cubic litres of natural gas pool at Songo Songo gas would provide a rich nitrogenous fertilizer for Tanzania’s agriculture.

The Mombasa branch of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) was making plans to build a new K.Shs. 7,000,000 hostel in the Kizingo area.  The hostel was to have 144 beds and was to cater to all people irrespective of religious following.

POLICE in Tanga were investigating the theft of 68 bags of coffee worth 100,000/- while in transit at the port for export to Europe.

THE UNITED Nations Information Center was to stage an exhibition featuring the different activities and programmes of the world organization.  The two-day show organized with the co-operation of the Aga Khan Education Department, was to be held at the Aga Khan High School with an aim to “acquaint the public with the work of the United Nations and motivate them towards greater support of the United Nations programmes.

The C.C.A. League gets off the ground with the inclusion of Aga Khan and Mombasa Youths, as the suspension on Coast Gymkhana is lifted.

REGAL Cinema was screening ‘Bittersweet Love,’ starring Meredith Baxter (of ‘Family Ties’ fame) and Michael Lewis.  NAAZ Cinema was ending its run of ‘Lawman’ and moving onto another Western, ‘Eagle’s Wing,’ the story of Kiowa dog soldiers and their constant warfare with the Comanches. KENYA Cinema, meanwhile, was running ‘Ruby,’ a horror flick starring Piper Laurie as a teenage daughter possessed by an evil power.  At CHOX, Hema Malini and Dharmendra were bound by ‘Pratiggya’ (‘Vow’).

TOP Ten on the Charts compiled by ‘Disco Bug’ were “Double Disco” by Fingers, “I Was Made For Loving You” by Kiss, “Going Through The Motion” by Hot Chocolate, “Pop Music” by M, “Bad Girls” by Donna Summer, “Re-United” by Peaches, “No Good Searchin’” by Eruption, “Disco Rockin’” by Fingers, “Love You So Bad, It Hurts” by John Paul Young, and “Good Times” by Chic.

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