HISTORY SHORTS: PIO GAMA PINTO

kENYAN ASIAN FREEDOM FIGHTERS

Pio Gama Pinto (2nd right) with other Freedom Fighters including (from left) Tom Mboya, Achieng’ Oneko, Joe Murumbi, his brother Roasario Da Gama Pinto and Peter Carvalho

Pio Gama Pinto (1927-1965) was a Kenyan journalist of Indian and Goan descent, actively involved in the fight for independence. After spending four years in colonial detention at Manda Island, he founded the official KANU newspaper “Sauti ya KANU” in 1960.

He continued his activism after independence and was sadly killed in 1965, some speculating he was assassinated for his strong socialist views while Kenya was starting to move more towards capitalism, while others thought it was due to his alleged communist activities throughout Africa. Incidentally he died only 4 days after Malcolm X was assassinated. The two were well acquainted and Malcolm X considered Pinto a great influence on his worldview.

He was only 38. See Pio Gama Pinto’s Wikipedia page.


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