Statement by David Goldsworthy, author of ‘Tom Mboya: The Man Kenya Wanted to Forget’

I send my greetings to all who are present at this event, and wish I could be there with you. It is right that Tom Mboya should be commemorated in this way. I am sure the event will be a success and that it will help to burnish Tom Mboya’s memory, which is as it should be.

I would like to mention one thing about my biography of Tom Mboya. The subtitle, ‘The Man Kenya Wanted To Forget’, was not my doing. It was imposed on the book by the publisher without my knowledge or consent. I have always disliked it, as it completely misrepresents my view of the subject. I believe that Tom Mboya was an inspirational leader who played a role of the utmost importance in Kenya’s political history. I also believe that just such a view of him and the part he played has always been widely shared among the people of Kenya.

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