Your Excellency The President, Your Excellency the Vice-President, Honourable Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen
It is with great pleasure that I rise to welcome His Excellency President Daniel arap Moi this evening and to have the opportunity of returning his kind hospitality.
Your Excellency the Prime Minister, Your Excellency the Governor of Sindh, Honourable Chief Minister of Sindh, Dr. Geraldine Kenney-Wallace, President of McMaster University, Honourable Ministers, Your Excellencies, Trustees, Faculty Members, Distinguished Guests, and Graduating Students, As-salam wa alaykum
Your Excellency the Vice President, Your Excellencies, Members of Parliament, Ladies and Gentlemen
It is for me a sincere pleasure, indeed, to be back in India, this great country with which my family and I have had close historical links that go back no less than five generations. Your generosity and courtesy have been so gracious to me.
Your Excellency, Mr. Ahmedali Merchant, Members of the Education and Housing Boards, Ladies and Gentlemen.
It gives Me the greatest pleasure to be here in Sherqilla for a ceremony which is a milestone in the progress of the Diamond Jubilee Schools both in the Northern Areas and in Pakistan as a whole. I was deeply sorry that the uncertainty of the weather prevented Me from coming here in March. However, the disappointment helps to make today much more memorable.
The Aga Khan School, Sherqilla, is a project of which everyone in the Jamat and in the village can be proud.
Ladies and Gentlemen.
I have had the pleasure of visiting Bangladesh on five previous occasions and each has left me with the richest of memories. To be here again to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of my Accession to the Imamat of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims is therefore to renew ties of longstanding friendship and my wife and I are both honoured and delighted to be welcomed this evening in terms of such warmth particularly appreciate Your Excellency's remark that you consider me as a fellow Bangladeshi. I could not wish for a greater complement.
I am delighted that this evening's most enjoyable dinner gives me the opportunity of thanking you publicly for the welcome which your Government, and in particular the Prime Minister and the officials concerned, have given us. My wife, my brother and I are all deeply touched by the warmth of our reception on this Silver Jubilee visit and are sincerely appreciative of the courtesies extended to us.
ADDRESS BY MR. C.G. KAHAMA, GENERAL MANAGER OF THE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION OF TANZANIA, AT THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE I.P.S. BUILDING - 1970-11-12Posted March 24th, 2010 by heritage
DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA, AT 5 P.M. ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1970
Ladies and gentlemen,
It is with the greatest pleasure that I rise to speak on this memorable occasion. For, it is an occasion when superlatives are not out of place; when congratulations are of the highest and sincerest level. And, looking up at this fine building, I might be permitted to add that it is an occasion when even 'tall storeys' are justified in every sense!
Your Highness, Ladies and Gentlemen.
Your Excellencies, Honourable Minister, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
The welcome my wife and I have received here in Bangladesh has been heartwarming and I sincerely thank you, Mr, Minister, for the kindness of your remarks with regard to my family's work and ideals. Our ideals and those of Bangladesh are both inspired by the same faith, which lays such emphasis on the brotherhood of man. The improvement of the human condition must be a principal obligation of every Muslim, whether those he helps are of his own faith or not.
Your Excellencies, Honourable Ministers, President Morani and Members of my Federal Council for India, Distinguished guests
Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
It gives me great happiness this afternoon to be present at this ceremony which honours one of Pakistan's leading citizens who, for myself and my family, has also been a very dear friend.
Your Excellencies, Mr Irani, Mr Galliner, Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen
I have rarely spoken publicly in the developing world or in the industrialised world, or indeed in any international forum about the Press. I wish to take this exceptional occasion to pay a deep personal gratitude to a truly remarkable African who was himself at one time a journalist, then who led his country's struggle for independence and who finally became the first President of Kenya, and an outstanding African statesman. I refer to Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.
Your Excellencies, Mr. Ahmedali Merchant, Members of the Education Board, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.
I am delighted to be here today at last, after the disappointment of having to cancel My visit in March because of the weather, and to be joined on this important Silver Jubilee occasion both by distinguished guests and by so many members of the Jamat. It is heart-warming for Me to see you all here.
Your Excellencies, My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen.
Your Excellencies, Your Highness, Ladies and Gentlemen, My spiritual children
May I say how glad I am to be back in Dacca for the purpose of publicly celebrating my installation as forty-ninth Imam of the Shia Imami Ismailis.
Your Excellencies, Your Highness, Your Worship, Ladies and Gentlemen, My spiritual children
I would like to begin this reply to your kind addresses by thanking the whole city of Dar-es-Salaam for the wonderful welcome given [to] me and the magnificent festivities which have marked this occasion.
On behalf of the community and myself, I would like to say a special word of thanks to His Excellency the Governor and to Lady Twining, to all their staff and specially to the police, who have looked after the huge crowds visiting the ceremony with such patience and cheerfulness.
Your Excellencies, Your Highnesses, Your Worship, Ladies and Gentlemen, My spiritual children
I thank you most warmly for your kind addresses. I shall never forget the wonderful welcome I have had in Kampala, not only from my own people, but from all other communities that live here.
His Excellency, Sir Frederic Crawford and Lady Crawford have been most kind and hospitable, and I am sincerely grateful to them.
Your Excellencies, Your Highnesses, Your Worship, My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen, My spiritual children
I am most grateful for your kind address. On behalf of the Ismaili community and myself, I would like to thank all those in Nairobi who have contributed to such a wonderful welcome here.
I have been very moved by everyone's kindness, especially by the hospitality given me by His Excellency the Governor and Lady Baring.
Your Excellencies, Your Honours, Your Grace, Chief Rabbi, Honourable Ministers, Your Worship, Ladies and Gentlemen:
I would like to begin by thanking the Prime Minister of Canada and the Premier of Ontario for the extremely kind messages which they sent this evening. And to thank also the Honourable Lt. Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Minister for Multiculturalism, The Honourable Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and His Worship, the Mayor of Toronto for their very generous and their very kind words about the Ismaili Community and about My wife and Myself.
Your Excellencies, Your Worship the Mayor, Representatives of International Agencies, Ladies and Gentlemen
It is a special occasion for me to be amongst such distinguished representatives of government, non-governmental and private agencies here today; special because my family and I are deeply involved in social welfare and I particularly appreciate being amongst those who commit their time, resource and effort for the benefit of mankind. I hope you will not think it presumptuous of me to offer some thoughts on questions with which we are all concerned.