Born in 1930 in Nairobi, Thomas Joseph Odhiambo ‘Tom’ Mboya was one of the principal leaders of Kenya’s independence
attended Holy Ghost College, a secondary school and went on to train as a
sanitary inspector at the Kenya Medical Department, where he was elected
president of the student council.
working, Tom devoted his energies to union work, helping to found the Kenya
Local Government Workers Union. He gradually moved into politics, joining the Kenya
Africa Union as Acting Treasurer, and would become the General Secretary of the
Kenya Federation of Labour. In the Mombasa dock strike of 1955, Tom helped
secure a 33 percent pay rise for workers.
1955 Tom attended Ruskin to study on the Industrial Management course. On returning to Kenya, he went into politics
and was elected to the Legislative Council in 1957. As Kenya went on to
independence, Tom became Minister of Economic Planning and Development. He was assassinated
in July 1969.
15 August 1930
– 5 July 1969