Emma Gama Pinto, the widow of assassinated Kenyan nationalist Pio Gama Pinto has died.
She passed away on Wednesday while undergoing treatment in Ottawa, Canada at the age of 92. Reports indicate she was admitted to the hospital on October 20th after suffering a heart attack.
Emma moved to Canada two years after her husband was shot dead outside his house in Lower Kabete on February 24th, 1965, the first assassination after independence.
Pinto, who was a Member of Parliament at the time of his assassination, left behind Emma and their three daughters; Linda, Malusha, and Tereshka.
Emma came to Kenya from India in 1953 and married Pinto on January 9th, 1954. She worked as a secretary of Cabinet Minister Achieng’ Oneko at Jogoo House.
A man named Kisilu Mutua was arrested and charged with the murder of Pinto and was jailed for 35 years after he was found guilty.
Pinto was a socialist who was opposed to capitalism and spoke against land grabbing and the buying of undervalued properties by people in the inner circle of Jomo Kenyatta’s government.