Tom Mboya who was a member of the Luo people born on July 1969 was a graduate of mission schools. Tom Mboya when he was employed in his work, first he first started working as a sanitary director in Nairobi and he immediately became a part in the common Kenyan trade union movement. Mboya was a key public figure in the days of the opposing rebellious Mau Mau movement which was led by the Kikuyu people against European land grabbing which was a common thing at that time. Between the year of 1953 to 1963 Mboya was elected as general secretary of the Kenya Federation of Labour and he led with skills and vision, at that time that post was an important post since there was political struggle as African organizations had paved way to Kenya.
Despite the KFL being a board on its own, it didn' t manage to participate fully in politics. Mboya was able to acquire the 1957 legislative council elections that had been done and vie as a workers candidate and became one of the only eight elected African members on the council by then. Being different from the rest of the team members Mboya refused the policy of multiracial political representation which was laid by the British colonial government in the the previous years of 1950' s. Tom Mboya helped to start up in Nairobi the Kenya independence movement in the council and the People' s Convention Party. In the critical pre- independence decade and also spent one academic year at the University of Oxford and managed to visit the United States twice which was an achievement and record made at that time. In the year 1959, Tom Mboya assisted in creating a plartfom of the African American Students Foundation which was used to raise money to send East African university students to the United States on charter flights and thus making it visible for variety of students to study in out country.
Tom Mboya was known as a founding father as he was a founder member of the Kenya African National Union in the yeaer 1960 as he was chief minister of labour in the coalition government just before independence and had a hand and talked to lead the Africans to gain independence in the year 1963. In the same year Jomo Kenyatta elected him as the minister of constitutional affairs and justice. In the year 1964 to the year 1969, Tom Mboya was given a platform to perfom as a minister for economic planning and development, after laying the background for a mixed economy and starting oriented policies through this difficulties that hinders and affects humans, others who were in Jomo Kenyatta' s regime, people like Oginga enhanced policies of Tom Mboya' s murdered in the year 1969 which left many speechless to the nation and gave rise to tensions among the prominent Kikuyu and other cultural groups more so that Mboya' s own. Please like, share and comment on the article as we learn more on our Kenyan history.
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