Tom Mboya was one of the most prominent personalities in Kenyan history. He was born Thomas Joseph Mboya on 15th August 1930 and was assassinated at the tender age of 39 on 5th July 1969. It is widely believed that his profile and illustrious career as a brilliant and charismatic leader, which was seen as a challenge to the then political establishment, led to his assassination.
As a renowned trade unionist, politician and statesman, Tom Mboya joined active politics in 1957 when he successfully contested and won a seat in the Legislative Council, and later in 1958 when he founded the Nairobi People’s Congress Party. He was later instrumental in forming the Kenya African National Union (KANU) that formed the government upon independence, and became its first Secretary General. At the time of his assassination, he held the Cabinet portfolio of Minister of Economic Planning and Development.
On the morning of June 9, 1969, the Rev John Gatu, now a retired moderator of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA), received a rather unusual call from the Ichaweri home of founding President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.
The caller on the other end of the line informed him that the President wanted to see him but did not divulge details.
Moments later, the moderator at the time the Rev Crispus Kiongo, called Gatu on the telephone, informing him that he too had been summoned to the home in Gatundu. A day earlier, Gatu had made a powerful sermon against voter bribery in the upcoming General Election, a planned gratuity for Cabinet ministers and a host of other national matters. He was worried that he could have annoyed the President.
Kenyan entrepreneurs will share a platform with titans of commerce and finance from across the world during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit to be opened by US President Barack Obama this week.
According to the event schedule seen by the Nation, some of the world’s wealthiest people, leading entrepreneurs, top scholars, investors and venture capitalists will lead and moderate different sessions during the three-day summit.
"Between 1956 and 1958, Mboya frequently requested that Scheinman buy airplane tickets for individual Kenyans who had won scholarships to American colleges but lacked money for airfare. Happy to oblige, Scheinman spent $15,000 for that purpose and also acted as a mentor to the students, corresponding with them, housing them, and hiring them for summer work in his New Jersey factory. This led, in late 1958, to the formation of the African American Students Foundation".