This is the Open letter Dikembe sent to Governor Kidero on Facebook:
Every time I pass outside Archives and see Tom Mboya statue still covered in sacks with no repair works going on, what strikes my mind is the symbolism of it all.
Even in death, Tom Mboya remains a victim of a corrupt and insensitive system.
The location of Mboya’s statue, outside the National Archives, a place which this generation often refer to as ‘near to Mr. Price’, in and of itself, represents the enduring struggle to place Mboya in public consciousness.
Mr. Price is a boutique. I have often heard ‘lovers’ tell each other to wait ‘near Mr. Price’, which is more ‘romantic’ than waiting near National Archives, or near Tom Mboya statue. But I digress.
Mboya’s victimhood starts from the heap of clay that he is moulded in. I din’t see Mboya, but the hands of the man outside ‘Mr. Price’ are shorter than the hands of Ota Benga, the slave pygmy plucked from the Congo and shipped to the zoos of North America to satisfy the depleted moral banks of a ‘superior race’.
And yet, history teaches me that Thomas Joseph Mboya could not have resembled Ota Benga. The artistic work on Tom Mboya was rigged making the final product resemble a renditon of Mboya’s great grandfather, rather than the quintessential Luo diplomat plucked from us at a very tender age.
Perhaps, all these is because they cannot muster the perfection of the man who imagined a country of all; who set out to end poverty, illiteracy, disease and ignorance – who put all in planes to America – without asking for second names.
Mboya’s statue is a piece of shit. Its feebleness has made it become the object of derision of lowly spirits, who climb it and deface it and ask it all those questions tucked in sessional paper no.10 of 1965, African socialism and its application to development in Kenya.
Whoever stole the tender to built Mboya a befitting statue only confirms the greed and mental fickleness of those who shot life out of him that morning in 1969.
Governor Dr. Kidero should order that the whole statue be pulled down and a befitting emblem erected in honour of, perhaps, the finest human being after Jaramogi Oginga Odinga to be born of fisherfolks.
It is such a shame that El Nino is finding Dr. Mboya covered in rags.
Editor’s note: Since June, the Statue has been under repairs after hooligans defaced it. It has also shredded off due to bad weather. It may be that the materials used toÂ sculptureÂ it cannot stand NairobiÂ weather.