50 YEARS AGO

The following appears in TA issue 76 (Sept 2003)

The following extracts are taken from the Tanganyika Standard in 1953:

11th July 1953.
His Highness the Sultan of Zanzibar has returned from his visit to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in London. As his yacht drew alongside the harbour, a large crowd composed of members of all communities gave him a big welcome ……….. under his inspired leadership there is probably no more contented community than that to be found in Zanzibar. (The Zanzibar revolution took place three years later -Ed).

19th September 1953.
The latest census of the non-native population gives the following figures -Europeans 10,648, Indians 44,248, Arabs 11,074, Goans 2,000 and others 2,184. Nearly all Europeans describe themselves as Christians except for 276 Jews, ‘heathens’ or ‘not stated’. Of the total non-European population, Islam represented 23%, Hindus 24%, Shia Ismaili Khoja 22%, Roman Catholics 7.7% per cent, Anglicans 6%, Sikhs 2% and Greek Orthodox 1.7%.

31st October 1953.
Tanganyika may introduce L-plates for learner drivers. At present learners are restricted to unfrequented roads but a Bill to be presented to the Legislative Council will change this.

26th December 1953.
Hundreds of Tanganyika police joined in a large-scale operation at dawn on Wednesday in an effort to curb the growing Mau Mau movement among the 8,000 Kikuyu living in the Northern Province. This followed the surprise arrival in Arusha of the Governor, Sir Edward Twining. From positions taken up during the night outside Kikuyu settlements within a 100 mile radius of Arusha, the police arrived to arrest a carefully prepared blacklist of some 138 suspects. The Chagga Council in Moshi had earlier expressed its concern about the Mau Mau threat and the Waarusha Council has petitioned the Government on similar lines.

RSS feed for comments on this post · TrackBack URL

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.