Mohamedali Natha Hirji

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Deputy Mayor Mohamedali Natha Hirji
Mohamedali Natha Hirji.jpg
All Nicknames
  • The Renaissance Man
Town of birth
  • Moshi
Country of birth
  • Tanzania
Date of Birth
  • June 1926
Date of Death
  • 2014
Place of Death
  • Vancouver
Place of longest stay
  • Moshi
Profession or occupation carriedout for the longest period in life
  • Business
Where-City or Country
  • Moshi

Born in 1926 Moshi

Full name Natha Hirji
Full name Zera Natha Hirji
Full name Hassanali Natha Hirji
Full name Noormohamed Natha Hirji
Full name Kassamali Natha Hirji
Full name Roshan Natha Shivji
Full name Akberali Natha Hirji
Full name Gulshan Natha Jetha
Full name Nabat Natha Gillani
Full name Ahmed Natha Hirji
Full name Firoz Natha Hirji
Full name Rozina Natha Janmohamed
Full name Tajdin Natha Hirji

Born in northern Tanzania, Mohamedali was a member of the well-known Natha Hirji family, who operated several businesses including the dealership of the British American Tobacco (BAT) as well as Afrigas distribution in Moshi and Arusha area. Other businesses operated by the Hirji's included Coca Cola Bottling, Unga Limited, Brook Bond Tea, and Plaza and Palladium Cinemas in northern Tanzania.

Shortly after Independence from British rule in 1961, Mohamedali was nominated and appointed as Member of Parliament by the ruling Tanganyika African National Union (TANU) party. This was a great honor for the minority Indian community in Tanzania. Mohamedali had been a great admirer of Tanzania’s first President, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere and the struggle for independence.

Later Mohamedali, who was also known as the "Renaissance Man", served as the Deputy Mayor of of the Town of Moshi, Tanzania.

Mohamedali Natha Hirji taking-the-oath-of-office-in-the-tanzania-parliament.jpg

Mohamedali taking the oath of office as an M.P. with Julius Nyerere & Al-Noor Kassum.

In 1974, he moved to Canada and lived in Burnaby, British Columbia. An all-round sportsman, he played tennis, field hockey, soccer, cricket, golf and squash and won many trophies for his athletic skills. He also had a great passion for politics, photography and travelling.

A close family friend has said Mohamedali taught by example and constantly stressed the importance of family unity, human values and integrity.

“He never took his health for granted and was a great believer in healthy lifestyle,” the friend said.

“He exercised until his death.”