"He was gripped in total fear. He ran to the door and made sure
no one was within ear shot and returned to her:
"That is also
my friend," he said, "But madam, madam, he is a dead man. There
is a bullet that has been reserved for the centre of his
forehead. Take him away from Kenya, quickly, please get out
"Why? Who wants to kill him?"
"I cannot say anything. I might be killed also. But please,
he is a good man, an honest man, you must get him out of Kenya."
"When I came home that evening, my wife was shaking with fear
and she was a mess. There was no way I would be able to change
"When would you like to get out of Kenya? Tomorrow, or as
soon as possible."
"How about in one month’s time?"
"OK, but do it quickly. Let’s get out of this place.
Otherwise you are going to make me a widow."
"We were out of there in four weeks," writes Fernandes.
Having worked with him in the top newspaper of East Africa,
The Nation, from 1966 to 1974, I came to know him as a
happy go lucky buddy who has a sharp nose for a hidden scoop and
follows the trail until he gets the sensational story which he
writes in a racy style.
Before he got married to Rufina, he brought her to the Nation
newsroom and showed her his typewriter declaring, "This is my
But he had to relent for the safety of himself and his family
and migrated to the UK and now lives in Australia. No wonder
this book is dedicated to Rufina.
Here is a story of a go-getter who barged his way into
journalism without any training, worked hard as a sports
reporter and moved to news reporting and then grabbed headlines
with his sensational exposes not only about Kenya but about
Africa as well.
As the Foreign Editor, he became a confidant of the Foreign
Minister and got embroiled in the vicious politics of that time.
Revolving around Kenya’s miniscule Goan community of that era
that provided top sportsmen and journalists, Fernandes has no
lost the knack of digging up the scandals even after leaving
He sheds new light on the murder of Kenya’s first political
assassination of the dynamic Goan leader Pio Gama Pinto and the
unceremonious sacking of the distinguished editor-in- chief of
The Nation, Joe Rodrigues.
A former Vice President of Kenya Joe Murumbi who had Goan
blood is highlighted along with an international hockey player,