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Pio Pinto’s legacy for the Kenyan left


Friday 18 February 2022, by siawi3





Pio Pinto’s legacy for the Kenyan left

By William Shoki

This week on AIAC Talk: Pio Gama Pinto was Kenya’s first post-independence martyr. Why does he matter today?

Photo: Pio Gama Pinto, right, in 1964 with members of Nairobi’s Goan community. (Image from the collection of Luis Assis Correia, via Frederck Noronha and Flickr CC).

Pio Gama Pinto was a Kenyan socialist activist and intellectual who was assassinated in 1965, shortly after Kenya won independence two years prior. Who was he, why was he feared, and why was his legacy erased?

This week, Will chats with Lena Anyuolo and Nicholas Mwangi, two members of the Organic Intellectuals Network in Kenya that have put together a volume of reflections on Pinto and his legacy called Kenyan Organic Intellectuals Reflect on the Legacy of Pio Gama Pinto (Daraja Press, 2021). Along the way, they also address the state of Kenya’s left, the prospects left unity and how it is approaching the upcoming general election in August.

Listen to the show here. 1:04:58

William Shoki is Staff Writer of Africa Is A Country. He is based in Johannesburg.