Hundreds of mourning Kenyans attended a requiem mass at Nairobi's Holy Family Catholic Cathedral for Mr.
Hundreds of mourning Kenyans attended a requiem mass at Nairobi's Holy Family Catholic Cathedral for Mr. Tom Mboya one of Kenya's most prominent nationalist leaders, on Sunday (July 5) on the first anniversary of his assassination. The calm and peaceful memorial was in short contrast to the riots and demonstrations last year after Mr. Mboya's assassination.
Relatives of Mr. Mboya attended the Nairobi service but Mrs. Mboya went to Rusinga Island, where her late husband is buried. Services in memory of the former Minister for Economic Planning and Development were held all over Kenya in churches of all denominations. Members of Mr Mboya's tribe, the Luo, gathered outside the Chemist's shop in Government road, Nairobi, where he was shot dead, while shopping, last year.
Nahashon Isaac Njenga Njoroge was found guilty of murdering Mr. Mboya and hanged last year.
Throughout his political career, 38-year old Mboya, had played an important role in Kenya's constitutional and Government development. He had held important posts on Africa Liberation Organisations and Pan-African bodies.
Several people died during the riots and demonstrations last year after the assassination, and at one stage President Jomo Kenyatta's car was stoned.