The other side of Tom Mboya you Never Knew

Tom Mboya is the most misunderstood man in history. I don’t celebrate him. He betrayed our people.

January 1960, London, England, UK --- Mr Tom Mboya, African nationalist leader in London for the 1960 Kenya Conference. --- Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS

January 1960, London, England, UK — Mr Tom Mboya, African nationalist leader in London for the 1960 Kenya Conference. — Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS

He fought Legio Maria, the only religion known to deal with evil spirits. In fact, in one instance he led security officers to ransack all the church’s parishes in Siaya. This act resulted in the deaths of several faithful in “Nam Ndhoya” (R. Nzoia) at Kamumbo in Ugenya, Siaya County. But he quickly crafted the narrative that the faithful threw themselves into the water hoping that their “god” would save them.

He did all this just to square his scores with Oginga Odinga. Mboya despised the father of multiparty and fought him at any little opportunity. Having been born in Kilima Mbogo and schooled in central, he never listened to Oginga and thought Kikuyus were his real brothers.

But why was he fighting Oginga? As you know, Kenyatta (senior) had a very high appetite for grabbed land. And so did Mboya. The defunct Starehe constituency was shared between him and Paul Ngei.

But they say in Swahil “akili nyingi uondoa maarifa” or “akili ya mtu ndiyo wazimu wake,” meaning that a person’s wit could also be that person’s greatest undoing. Mboya would eventually get brutally murdered in the capital.

We tend to believe that Kenyatta killed him. No, Kenyatta didn’t! Mboya’s stupidity did. The people around Kenyatta felt insecure about this young Luo rising in their midst and took him out.

They buried on Rusinga Island, his native home. They later built bullet –shaped mausoleum to reflect the nature of his death and act as a reminder to any Luo who dares compete the Mt. Kenya Mafia. 1970. They also renamed Victoria Street, the street adjacent to the chemist he was leaving before meeting his death, in his honour. He became an automatic hero.

Later on, another Kikuyu buffoon, who forgot the person that made him the president despite his inadequacies, made Mboya a statue.

Mboya was no hero! He was a saboteur of the Luo unity and through his death the unity was achieved. Many people would not accept this, but it is the truth. As for me, I can’t celebrate Mboya, unless you prove me wrong on this!

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