Tom Mboya: Young Man of New Africa

Tom Mboya: Young Man of New Africa

Tom Mboya: Young Man of New Africa

Tom Mboya: Young Man of New Africa

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It was the end of the hot season at the gateway to East Africa. Mombasa's Kilindi port lay idle in the afternoon sun. The long-armed cranes hung motionless over nineteen ships that packed the docks. They had done no work since the strike started three days before. The passengers had carried their own luggage ashore and the European and Indian office workers in the town had rolled up their white shirt sleeves to struggle with the quick-rotting cargoes. Naval ratings stood guard over them.

The entire African dock labor force was out on strike. Apart from the pickets squatting at the gates of the harbor, the remainder of the ten thousand strikers were hurrying to a mass meeting at the Tononaka football ground.

The lethargic atmosphere of the heat-sodden streets was split by the raucous noise of the loudspeaker vans, announcing a meeting. It was March 1955 and the hurrying men had memories of the biggest strike ever held in Kenya, in 1947. That time it had developed into a general strike and there . . .

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