YEARS' AGO -
Coastweek August 03 - 09, 1979:
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.
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
‘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
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
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.