‘My son had to undergo 17 surgeries and 300 face stitches’ Tom Mboya

Former K24 journalist Tom Mboya has opened up on fatherhood and the challenges he has gone though bringing up his six kids.

Mboya, who is almost in his 50’s, says that the journey has had its fair share of challenges, but it’s been a worthy ride.

The journey had its fair share of struggles at the beginning. Being a father intimidated me but with time I settled down after realizing I had to play the role of mother and father.

We were parents when young so we did not understand the dynamics of marriage yet.

I decided to work on myself first and right now my kids are in campus and I feel so proud that I did it all alone.

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Mboya goes on to narrate a horrifying incident that left his son seriously injured and how it shocked him.

My son had at the time disagreed with his friends so they decided to ‘revenge’ and going by the injuries sustained it is obvious that their aim was to kill him.

For some reasons he did not die. He lived to tell the story. He also underwent 17 procedures on the jaw and 300 stitches on the face.

I looked at my son in that state and felt weak. He was in a bad state and it was a very unpleasant image. The mother was however very disturbed.

I looked my son in the eyes and told him he was gonna be OK and he is OK

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Cruel deaths: List of politicians who met their death by the bullet

We have lost quite a number of politicians, some through natural causes some through assassinations and others under unclear circumstances.

We take a look at politicians who have met their death by the bullet.

1. George Muchai

He died in February 2015, after being shot dead early Saturday morning at the Kenyatta Avenue-Uhuru Highway roundabout in Nairobi.

Two of the MP’s bodyguards and his driver also died in the incident.

The occupants of the second vehicle said the MP stopped at the roundabout when four people with big guns approached his car and started shooting.

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 A relative told detectives at the scene that

“They just started spraying it with bullets. When we saw that, our driver sped past the other car and when we came back to the scene a few minutes later, all the occupants of the vehicle were dead,”


He was Kabete Member of Parliament.

2. Jacob Juma

The flamboyant man met his death on May 5th 2016 after being shot in cold blood. Police reports indicated that Mr Juma was killed at 10 pm near Lenana School.

His bullet-riddled vehicle was found in a ditch, it had 10 bullet holes.

Nothing was stolen from the businessman as two mobile phones and cash were found in the vehicle.

Jacob Juma
Jacob Juma

3. Tom Mboya

Mboya who was a former trade unionist, educationist, Pan Africanist, author, independence activist was fatally shot by Nahashon Njoroge in 1969.

This happened on Government Road (now Moi Avenue) as he was leaving a chemist, but it was reported in Nairobi that Njoroge had died at 3am on November 8.

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According to these reports, he went to his death without explaining what he had meant when he asked police after his arrest: Why don’t you go after the big man?”

It was due to such statements which rose suspicions that Mboya’s shooting was a political assassination.

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4. Ghama Pinto

He was the founder of Kenya African National Union (KANU) newspaper Sauti Ya KANU, and later, Pan African Press, of which he subsequently became Director and Secretary.

In 1963 he was elected a Member of the Central Legislative Assembly and in July 1964 was appointed a Specially Elected Member of the House of Representatives.

Ghama Pinto
Ghama Pinto

On February 24, 1965, Pinto was shot at very close range in the driveway while waiting for the gate to open.

He was with his daughter in his car at the time of his killing. he was aged  38.

Kisilu Mutua was arrested for the killing

5. Kombo Gude alias Kombo Chui and his ally Nassib Diti

Former Ukunda MCA aspirant Kombo Gude alias Kombo Chui and his ally Nassib Diti were on April 2018 gunned down by unknown assailants.

The two were shot dead near Wembley Video Hall in Kibundani Village, Ukunda ward, Kwale county.

Msambweni sub-county police boss Joseph Chebusit said the incident took place at around 7.30pm.

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