YEARS' AGO -
December 21 - 27, 1978
President Daniel Arap Moi, receveid a tumultuous
welcome from huge crowds of people as he arrived in Mombasa to
celebrate the New Year at the Coast.
New meat prices
shock hit Coast residents as consumers had to dig deeper into
their pockets, following sharp increases in prices of the
commodity, despite no shortages being experienced.
The move came after
a similar price hike in Nairobi and was gazetted in the Kenya
Gazette. Beef with bones was selling at Shs. 13/= a kilo, mutton
and goat meat for Shs. 15/= while special cuts of meat like
Sirloin were retailing at a whopping Shs. 23/50 a kilo.
Items worth over two
hundred thousand shillings were to be auctioned on the Voice of
Kenya television in the annual Mombasa Round Table Ring Us Up
Mombasa Round Tables
annual ‘Ring Us Up’ Programme gets underway with donations from
Nairobi’s B. S. Mohindra among others.
Until the end of
December, transport aircraft of the United States Air Force
Military Aircraft Command passed through Kenya en route from
Britain to Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). Together with Lockheed
C-130 Hercules of the R.A.F., the huge c-5A Galaxies and C-141
StarLifters carried men and equipment needed for the
Commonwealth ceasefire monitoring mission. The planes landed at
Mombasa for refueling.
At the International
Air Conference held in Arusha, it was disclosed that Tanzania
would build a new airport at it’s new capital, Dodoma.
played ‘Russian Roulette’,
at NAAZ Cinema, followed
by the adults only ‘Sex With A
Smile’. William Katt and Susan Dey discover the
difference between making love and being in love in
‘First Love’ at
KENYA Cinema. The one and
only Bruce Lee wowed fans at the
REGAL Cinema in ‘Young
Bruce Lee’’. Rajendra Kumar, Hema Malini and
Mala Sinha try to find the elusive
‘Sunehra Sansar’ (‘Golden Life’) at the
Letter writers included a
supporter of Regi Mthara’s
column who could not stop raving about it,
Eric Odhiambo who sent his
salaams all the way from Moscow, Russia,
R. Tira of Mombasa who aired his views on
choosing a proper leader, Malindi’s
Malalo Humphrey complained that the Sabaki River
and it’s brown alluvial silt was polluting the famous five
mile Malindi beach again, while J. F.
Mugo from Nairobi lamented that there were “too
many Mr. Ten Per Cents in the public sector.
BLAST FROM THE PAST
- New one way excursion fare between Nairobi and
Mombasa from Kenya Airways - only K.Shs. 240/=.