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Today marks 50 years since Tom Mboya, one of Kenya’s brightest sons died in the hands of assassins.

At the time of his death, Tom Mboya, born in 1930 as Thomas Joseph Odhiambo Mboya was Kenya’s minister for Economic Planning and Development.

He was buried in Rusinga Island of Lake Victoria in a bullet-shaped mausoleum to signify the cause of his death.

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Having been a one of a kind politician, the respect and honor that was accorded the title no longer exists as the name is today tagged to corrupt and controversial characters.

Tom Mboya
Tom Mboya

Mboya has been feted in many ways. In Kisumu, the Tom Mboya Labour College stands in his honour while in Nairobi, a statue and a street named after him feature in the CBD.

His wedding to Pamela at Nairobi’s Saint Peter’s Clavers Church on January 20, 1962, was a sterling event, earning it “the wedding of the decade” praise.

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At 30, in 1960, he made history by becoming the first Kenyan to be featured on the cover of Time Magazine.

Mboya was 38 and firmly perched as the most likely successor to founding President Jomo Kenyatta when he was killed

Well, Tom Mboya’s 50th anniversary celebrations will be held today, Friday, July 5th, in Kamasengre village, Homa Bay County and will feature interdenominational prayers and cultural activities.

This year’s celebration is expected to be special as Mboya’s mausoleum was gazetted as a national monument and the Homa Bay county spending up-to KES 2M to renovate it and still has a budget for upgrading the monument to standards of a national museum.

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