Coast Musician laid to rest in Kirinyaga County
A renowned coastal County based music choir master has been laid to rest at his Mugucu village farm , Kirinyaga .
Festus Muriuki Njiru was accorded a befitting send off by his colleagues and entire teaching fraternity from the Coastal City at a ceremony held at Gatunguru primary school grounds .
The deceased who was eulogized as one of the most dedicated teachers from the region for his commitment and due diligence to duty.
Teachers ,Church members , senior educationists , parents and pupils who had benefited from Njiru’s teaching skills braved the long night long journey from Mombasa to funeral venue to accord him the last respects he deserved.
Pall bearers loading the casket containing the remains of a former Mombasa City based teacher cum music composer into a Hearse after a funeral service at Gatunguru Anglican church grounds, Kirinyaga County yesterday after which his body was interred at his Mugucu village home.
Some of the children (now adults ) he had taught since being posted to the region in 1994 upon completing his P1 training at Bondo Teacher Training College wept uncontralably as they eulogized their teacher, mentor and role model.
His first posting was Amani primary school where he taught up to 1998 rising to a Deputy Headmaster after which he was transferred to Sparki primary school as its Headmaster .
He was later moved to Changamwe Primary school in 2015 as the Headmaster until his demise on April 21 after a short illness aged 57.
It was while in his teaching career that he became one of the best music teachers and composer in the region and got elected the Coastal Music Festival Chairman.
Njiru other than being a teacher he was also a devoted Anglican Faithful as attested by members of his congregation who travelled to the mt Kenya region to bid him farewell.
At home he was a loving husband and a father to his children besides having come from a large family .
His KNUT fellow members , its coastal region leadership , teaching fraternity were all in attendance and eulogized him as a Hero within the Community he served .
“Without an aorta of doubt , the gap left in the teaching fraternity will be hand to fill while his talent in music will remain unrivalled for many years to come,”said Bundi Muriuki , a senior Educationist who represented the ministry of education from the coastal City of Mombasa whole condoling the deceased’s family at the funeral.