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Coastweek August 03 - 09, 1979:

Coastweek -- Coast Administrative and Kenya Police swept into action in a clean-up operation to rid beach resorts of criminals. The 18-hour ope-ration which involved all government vehic-les covered Kongowea, Kisauni and Maweni, followed the murder of a house servant at a Nyali house whose owner was robbed of K.Shs. 7,000/= in cash and property.

President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania officially inaugurated the ill-fated 850 tonner Lake Victoria passenger and cargo vessel m.v. Bukoba at Mwanza on Lake Victoria. In service MV Bukoba carried 430 passengers passengers and cargo between the Tanzanian ports of Bukoba and Mwanza. On 21 May 1996, Bukoba sank 30 nautical miles (56 km) off Mwanza in 25 metres (14 fathoms) of water, killing up to 1,000 people. The official deaths record was 894.(*)

Kenyan Minister of Tourism and Wildlife Hon. Mathews Ogugu left Seychelles after a successful two day goodwill mission there. Serena Lodges and Hotels announced the appointment of Jonathan Soper as their operations manager.

‘Disco King’ Mashada (Mehboob Jamal) the most popular DJ in Mombasa, left his base at Oceanic Hotel to return to the U.K.

Top film dancer Helen from India, performed to a packed  Lohana Hall and gave a rare and informative interview about herself.

Kenya Posts and Telecommunications had released commemorative stamps to mark the first death anniversary of the founding father of Kenya, President Jomo Kenyatta.

Mrs. Kusum Modi was elected Chairman of the Mombasa Womens Association, while members of the YWCA where shocked at the untimely death of their former President Mrs. Jemimah Gecaga. The late Mrs. Gecaga was the ambitious initiator of the YWCA Vocational Training Centre in Likoni which opened in 1967 through which hundreds of girls from all over Kenya had graduated.

KCA XI totally outclassed CCA XI in the Kudrati Cup. Coast Gymkhana hosted the Mafatlal XI cricket team from Bombay, India.

Rob Collinge and Anton Levitan won the Coast 800 after three years in the wilderness.

NAAZ Cinema held a very popular special colouring competition for their children’s release ‘Pete’s Dragon’, REGAL cinema was showing the sci-fi film ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’,’KENYA Cinema was carrying on with Roger Moore as James Bond in ‘The Moonraker’, while at CHOX it was the hilarious ‘Rafoo Chakkar’, (‘Spin and Disappear’) with Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh.


Coastweek -- UND Industrial Development Organisation Executive Director Dr. Abdel Rahman Khane who was also the former Secretary-General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) warned “the world may run out of oil in 20 years time”.

(*)  BUKOBA SINKING: Possible causes were later identified by a Kenyan marine navigation consultant.

He labelled it an accident waiting to happen, as he claimed that Lake Victoria ferries disregarded safety regulations.

Specifically: lack of life jackets, life belts, and lifeboats; lack of fire fighting equipment; lack of distress signals; what equipment there was, was not regularly checked; overload; the vessels were not regularly dry docked for routine maintenance and repairs; the vessels were not regularly inspected; the coxswains were not licensed to navigate.

More overarchingly, he blamed the incident on governments’ marine departments allegedly being staffed by civil servants and politicians who had no understanding of ships and marine decisions.

The lack of equipment and divers were also partially to blame for slowness in the salvage operation.

Rescue teams from South Africa, including Navy divers, were flown in to salvage the ship and retrieve bodies.



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