British High Commision Press Release - Chande to receive Knighthood

Press Release


Dar Es Salaam

Jayantilal Keshavji Chande to receive an Honorary Knighthood


On Friday 29th August, The British High Commissioner Richard Clarke will present Jayantilal (Andy) Keshavji Chande with an Honorary Knighthood. Mr Chande, a prominent Tanzanian, is receiving the award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to UK-Tanzanian bilateral relations.


Amongst many activities over many years, Mr Chande has been a member of the Executive and Legislative Councils, a leading light in the Tanzanian Red Cross, World President of The Round Table, Vice-President of The British-Tanzania Society and the Representative of The Royal Commonwealth Society in Tanzania.Speaking of the award, the High Commissioner said: “Andy has made an immeasurable contribution to the development of Tanzania since independence, and concurrently played a crucial role in nurturing the deep and long-standing friendship between the UK and Tanzania. I can speak not only for myself but also on behalf of my predecessors, when I say how greatly valued his vast experience, sound advice and inexhaustible energy have been. His desire always to see the best for Tanzania, has placed him in a class apart. But as Andy himself would recognise, this award is also recognition of how close the UK-Tanzania relationship now is. I therefore look forward to the ceremony on Friday, which will celebrate Andy’s immense individual contribution to our bilateral relationship, but also more widely, that relationship generally.”


Notes for Editors:Mr Chande will be invested into the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire as an Honorary Knight Commander. The Order dates back to 1917, having been created by King George V. It recognises outstanding contributions to society in the spheres of the arts and science, public service and charitable work. Over the years, Mr Chande has been closely associated with a large number of educational, social welfare and charitable institutions. The award ceremony will take place at the Residence of the British High Commissioner (No.1 Kenyatta Drive) starting at 1230 on Friday 29 August. The ceremony will be attended by a number of senior Tanzanian figures, including HE The President, Benjamin William Mkapa and Mama Anna Mkapa. At the end of the ceremony there will be a photo opportunity for the press in the garden of the Residence, at 1310. Would those members of the press wishing to be present please inform Nizar Visram at the High Commission (Tel: 022-2110101) to confirm their attendance.