Emma Pinto: They killed my husband too soon

Emma Dias arrived in Kenya from India in 1953. Her twin sister Joyce was already in Nairobi, married to Tome Mendonca. PHOTO| BENEGAL PEREIRA

What you need to know:

  • Her husband, Kenya’s independence hero Pio Gama Pinto, was arrested and detained by the British colonial government barely six months after their wedding in 1954.
  • He was released five years later — but an assassin violently cut short the revived marital bliss in February 1965.
  • Fifty years after the personal and national tragedy, Emma Gama, who lives in a nursing home in Ottawa, Canada, talks about how the death changed the course of her life and her feelings on Pinto’s killing as narrated by veteran journalist CYPRIAN FERNANDES

Emma Dias arrived in Kenya from India in 1953. Her twin sister Joyce was already in Nairobi, married to Tome Mendonca.

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