Tom Mboya

President Jomo Kenyatta, Tanzania President Julius Nyerere and Tom Mboya engage in a light banter at the Nairobi Airport on March 30, 1968. Tom Mboya was assassinated on July 5, 1969.

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Tom Mboya: The man Kenya cannot forget

What you need to know:

  • Former Cabinet Minister Tom Mboya was shot dead in Nairobi on July 5, 1969 aged just 39.
  • History, it has been said, admires the wise but elevates the brave. And history is kind to Tom Mboya.

Tom Mboya’s life is like a loud and dramatic narrative — with allegorical flashes of lightning and claps of thunder — he was spectacular and flamboyant. Like the biblical Prophet Elijah, he enters Kenya’s political scene like a tempest and goes out in an instant like a whirlwind; only that Elijah goes out in a chariot of fire and Mboya is gunned down.


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