DCI probes alleged sale of gun used in Tom Mboya’s assassination

DCI probes alleged sale of gun used in Tom Mboya's assassination
Tom Mboya, a key figure in Kenya’s struggle for independence and its post-colonial government, was assassinated on July 5, 1969.

Nairobi, Kenya | By Michael Wandati | The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has launched an investigation into the sale of a gun reportedly used in the assassination of former Cabinet Minister Tom Mboya.

According to a statement on its official X account, the DCI revealed that the gun was recently sold to a 92-year-old man.

“The attention of the DCI has been drawn to an article which reports that a 92-year-old man purchased the pistol that was used in the killing of Mboya,” the post indicated.

“Tom Mboya was a trade unionist, educator, Pan-Africanist, author, former minister and statesman.”

The elderly man informed a local newspaper that influential government figures had provided funds for him to purchase three handguns.

The 92-year-old Ndwiga Kathamba Muruathika alias Ndume, a self-confessed hitman at his home in Runyenjes, Embu County during the interview.

Tom Mboya was a member of Kenya’s independence cabinet, serving as Minister of Economic Planning and National Development under President Jomo Kenyatta.

Mboya was gunned down on July 5, 1969 while exiting a pharmacy on Government Avenue in Nairobi (now Moi Avenue).

The news of Mboya’s assassination quickly spread, sparking riots in the city as crowds of Kenyans flocked to the Nairobi Hospital, amid wails and cries.

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Baton-wielding police were summoned to manage the overwhelmed and impassioned crowds, scenes reminiscent of the chaos captured in the Amin video.

A week later, tensions escalated further during Mboya’s requiem mass at the Holy Family Cathedral on April 12, with confrontations erupting once more between enraged protesters and police officers.

The body was transported by boat to Rusinga Island and laid to rest on April 13, 1969.

Two years later, a multi-million-shilling mausoleum was constructed in a secluded area of the compound where Mboya’s remains rest to this day.