YEARS' AGO -
January 5 - 11, 1978:
IT WAS the height of the ‘One Party’ era and new
President Daniel Arap Moi, who was paying his first official
visit to the Coast Province since being elected and sworn in as
Head of State, was variously honoured, praised, cheered, lauded
and duly rewarded.
At a brief ceremony the historic
80-year-old Kilindini Road was renamed ‘Moi Avenue’ by Mombasa
Commissioner Bobby Tuva.
President Moi commissioned the newly
acquired Eastern Africa National Shipping line freighter named
‘Jogoo’ (Swahili for ‘cockerel’ - official emblem of the then
all powerful ruling party KANU).
Kenya’s Chief Kadhi Sheikh Abdallah
Saleh Farsy draped President Moi with the traditional regalia of
a senior Muslim elder, while looking on were Vice President Mwai
Kibaki, Attorney General Charles Njonjo and Provincial
Commissioner Eliud Mahihu.
Ismaili Community was honoured by an
official visit from Princess Aliya and Prince Sadruddin Aga
Khan. The were escorted by Lady Eboo Pirbhai, Ismaili Provincial
Council chairman Lutaf and Mrs Gulzar Merali, IPC secretary
Abdul Samji and Aga Khan band leader Major Amir Samji.
Nyundo F.C. chairman Salim Khamis
congratulated his team on winning the coveted “Mombasa Mayor’s
Cup” after they downed arch rivals Ngome 2-1 in the finals -
they had earlier beaten Ramogi 2-1 in the semis.
was showing ‘Coma’,
REGAL Bud Spencer and
Terence Hill in “Crime Busters”,
NAAZ Burt Lancaster in ‘Go
Tell The Spartans’ and at
CHOX it was Jaya Badhuri in ‘Doosri
Letter writers included J. Mwambeo
Montee Jnr. of Mbololo Hills, Mohamed Baadeil, Tony David
and ‘Curious’ of Malindi who wanted to know “What happened
to the long delayed Pensions of former East African
Community Workers ?”