The statue of revered Kenyan trade unionist and former Cabinet Minister Tom Mboya that was erected near the Kenya National Archives, Moi Avenue, Nairobi was on Sunday, September 13, taken down after more than a year of falling into disrepair.
There had been a huge outcry from the public about the sorry state of the statue with the monument filled with litter and water from the rains that have been pounding the city.
Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, the transporter who was seen taking away the statue revealed that he was called to deliver it to Nairobi National Museum.
“I do not have a lot of details, only that I was instructed to take it to the National Museums of Kenya headquarters,” he explained.
The bronze monument was done by artist Oshottoe Ondula, standing barely 50 metres from the spot where Tom Mboya was brazenly gunned down in broad daylight by an assassin in 1969.
Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Steve McAketch, responsible for the renovations revealed that the statue was taken away for a facelift.
“We removed the statue as the place is undergoing renovations temporarily but more details about the renovations will be revealed tomorrow,” he explained.
Tom Mboya’s memorial statue at the heart of Nairobi’s (Central Business District) was erected in October 2011 in honour of one of the nation’s foremost heroes.
Back in June 2019, Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua offered to personally repair and maintain the statues of Mboya and Dedan Kimathi until those concerned would “wake up from their slumber.”
He received strong opposition from Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko who dispatched a team to the commence refurbishments but nothing much was achieved.
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The two days dramatic search by police of the controversial Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi has ended after he presented himself to Langas Police Station in Uasin Gishu County.
Police have been seeking to arrest the MP over hate speech and incitement claims.
Mr Sudi arrived at the station a few minutes to 8 am Sunday in accompany of his lawyer Gladys Shollei, who is also the Uasin Gishu Woman Representative. Learn more