Jun 15, 2021

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Kenya is yet to achieve what Tom Mboya stood for 52 years on, says family

“Go and fight like this man who fought for the cause of humanity. who died because he fought whose battles have not yet been won!” reads the epitaph on his tombstone, who is held on both sides by a marble stand.

His relatives say that this statement should have been a guiding mantra for all Kenyans who are interested in humanity, for all who believed in him, loves his country Kenya and those who are motivated by its history.

Politicians in particular should have been motivated by his actions and successes, but most of them did exactly the opposite.

The Nation visited the late Mboya’s country house and where his remains were buried about 52 years ago.

The road to Rusinga Island in Homa Bay Co unty is bumpy, just like his life.

Fortunately, the anniversary government has secured well-paved roads, and Nyanza is one of the main beneficiaries.

The Kisii-Suneka-Rangwe-Rodi Kopany road to the Mbita Bridge is well paved and a smooth ride, characterized by glimpses of calm hills, valleys and settlements around Lake Victoria.

However, the asphalt ends at the Mbita Bridge, a Sh1 billion project launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2017.

The bridge connects Mbita with the Rusinga Island and the residents here no longer have to use boats to get to either side of the lake.

Behind the bridge, a long, bumpy road leads to the mausoleum of the deceased Mboya. The Murram Road was partially destroyed by the heavy rains in the region.

The mausoleum is located on family property in the village of Kamasengre, Rusinga West, on the north side of the island, approximately seven kilometers on the Street from Mbita.

But once you are in the mausoleum, the environment is calm and the feeling of calm is overwhelming.

That it’s nice and neat. The late Mboya’s family said well-wishers and his friend helped raise funds for the construction.

The mausoleum is open to visitors most days. It contains various souvenirs and gifts that Mboya received during his life.

“There are plans to make it a national monument. Covid-19 has slowed the process down, but we hope to complete this soon so that we can pay our late brother the honor he deserves, ”said Mboya’s younger brother, Mr. Paul Ndiege, who is the curator of the mausoleum / p>

Mr Ndiege receives dozens of visitors every day who come to the place to find out more about the great trade unionist.

He says that The mausoleum was built two years after Mboya’s assassination.

When Kenya gained independence in 1963, Mboya joined the cabinet as Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs in the government of Jomo Kenyatta, where he played a predominant role in these matters until his assassination in July 1969.

“Mboya’s success and plans for further modernization were canceled in 1969 by an assassin who passed on to the then government of the marriage Former President Jomo Kenyatta was a political ally whom he later accused of corruption and refinement, “said N. Diege.

Although Mboya, affectionately known as Tom, was a leading light in Kenya’s struggle for independence A union pioneer and civil rights activist, there isn’t much to celebrate about the 39 years he lived and the sacrifice he made for Kenyans.

“It is not yet Uhuru! 52 years after his death, there isn’t much to celebrate. The things he fought for are the ones that are now making the country sick. Its anniversary on July 5th is just a reminder that citizens have not yet enjoyed the fruits of independence, “said Ndiege.

He adds:” One thing for that Tom fought and that we achieved that Kenya becomes a republic. As we read from Tom’s grave, he fought bad governance, corruption, tribalism, nepotism and all that. If you look at the current state of our republic and government, none of the above vices have been tamed. What Tom basically stood for was not achieved. “

Mboya coordinated an“ airlift ”of 81 Kenyan students to colleges in the USA.

With the help of the African-American Students Foundation and Mboya raised enough funds from her sponsors to cover the students’ travel expenses.

In a letter dated November 8, 1959, Mboya stated: “Nothing is a greater contribution to the fight against poverty, disease and political submission in Africa as the contribution to the educational progress of our peoples. “

” In the last years of his life Mboya worked to lay the foundation for an active Kenya African National Union contributed significantly to the independence of Kenya. He was an outspoken critic of corruption and was murdered in July 1969 at the age of 39, “said Mr. Ndiege.

The family plans to celebrate the 52nd anniversary of his death on April 5th. July, as Mr Ndiege says, in full compliance with the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We will celebrate his anniversary here. This is a ceremony that we love as a family. It brings his friends and many people of good will together, ”said Ndiege.

Next to the grave is the burial chamber built in 1971. It is the shape of the silver bullet believed to have ended the life of the former cabinet minister.

Inside is a briefcase that Mboya had when he was shot. The black bow tie that puts the youngest minister in the first cabinet of 27 years after independence into political functions is also on display in the mausoleum.

The national flag that draped the coffin is located also in the mausoleum. Also on display is a certificate that made Mboya an honorary citizen of Kansas City in the USA in 1966.

Also preserved is a black nameplate, a souvenir of the Chinese government, on which was the desk of the Ministers.

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