The political and social situation was quite different in Kenya in 1956. Kenya was a British Colony and was ruled by British. Social discrimination on the bases of color and creed was prevailing very widely in Kenya.
A gentleman who was a Rotarian in India came to Kenya in 1956. He was MR. PAUL MANEKSHAW. He could not gain membership of the Rotary Club of Nairobi because of the racial discrimination. He being a very much service minded person could not sit quietly and started a search for another Service Club Organisation which was nondiscriminatory on racial bases and nonpolitical. An organisation which offered membership to everyone who wanted to serve the needy people of our society.
The organisation he thought of was LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL. He contacted Lion Peter Keable who was the representative of Lions Clubs International in Cape Town in South Africa. In meantime he contacted some of the prominent social workers in Kenya. They were Mr. J.D. Byramjee, Mr. Thakorbhai N. Patel, Mr. Sultan Valli Hasham who in turn introduced him to other social workers in all three races in Kenya.
An organizational meeting was held in August 1958 which was addressed by Lion Peter Keable and Mr. Paul Manekshaw. It was decided unanimously by the delegates to start a Lions Club of Nairobi – Host. The charter was presented by the International President Lion Dudley L. Simms in December 1958. Thus LIONISM came to East Africa through the untiring efforts of Lion Paul Manekshaw. Mr. Sultan Jaffer of Kampala, Uganda was contacted and with his help the first Lions Club of Kampala was organised in 11th October, 1959. Through the untiring efforts of Mr. Upendra Patel of Dar es salaam, Tanzania, Lions Club of Dar es Salaam came into existence in January 1962.
The Provisional Lions District 411, comprising of Lions Clubs of Kenya and Uganda was formed in 1959. Lion J.D. Byramjee was nominated as a Provisional District Governor by Lions Clubs International. He held this post for the years 1959-60-61. The second Provisional District Governor was Lion B.J. Wilkinson of Kampala who continued for 1961-62-63.
Lion Paul Manekshaw was nominated as Provisional District Governor in 1963. He was unanimously elected as District Governor for 1963-65 at the second Annual District Convention which was held in Kampala.