“A tireless worker for the cause…’ NJAC mourns passing of Brother Thuku Moheni

The following is a press statement from the National Joint Action Committee (NJAC) on the passing of NJAC activist Thuku Moheni:

The National Joint Action Committee (NJAC) is saddened by the passing of one of its Tobago veterans of the Trinidad & Tobago Revolution of 1970, Brother Thuku Moheni. Brother Thuku passed away at the Scarborough General Hospital on Thursday. He was seventy-two.

Brother Thuku was a tireless worker for the cause of new and just society in Trinidad and Tobago. He was detained in Tobago during the State of Emergency in 1970. In 1972, while speaking to youths in Scarborough, he was arrested along with his brother, Embau Moheni (current president of NJAC) and charged with creating ‘discontent and dissatisfaction amongst Her Majesty’s Subjects’.

Photo: Former NJAC activist and Tobago East candidate Thuku Moheni passed away on 10 December 2020.
(via NJAC)

Again, he was arrested in 1973 and this time he was tortured. In spite of persecution and victimisation, Brother Thuku never wavered in his pursuit of the ideals of NJAC. He represented NJAC as a candidate for Tobago East in the 1986 and 1991 General Elections.

As a sports enthusiast, Brother Thuku reigned as the Tobago table tennis champion for six years, from 1971 to 1976. He was also joint chess champion with his brother Embau in 1977 and managed the Elizabeth’s College football team—guiding them to win the Tobago Intercol title in 1992 and the Barbados Youth International championship in 1993.

Brother Thuku Moheni represented persistence, willingness and fifty years of service to the people of Trinidad and Tobago. In 2011, he was honoured as one of Tobago’s Ten Living Legends of 1970.

May he find eternal peace.

His funeral will take place on Thursday 17 December 2020.

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