Gachagua brings goodies to his former school
UDA leaders join the DP Rigathi Gachagua in a jig when he graced the Kianyaga Old Boys Alumni on Saturday. He is also an old boy of the institution
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has embarked on massive transformation of his former school in an effort to wake up the fallen academic giant in Kirinyaga County .
Gachagua who was enlisted as a Form One at Kianyaga Boys High school in 1978 and cleared his Advanced Level of Education at the same institution in 1983 owed his standing in the society to his then school headmaster Mr Julius Ndumbi.
The DP who visited the institution on Saturday courtesy of the school Alumni said he had come to realise why his former teacher was very harsh and a strict disciplinarian to the students .
“Had Ndumbi spared the cane , I can assure you I would not be the Deputy President of this Republic and I lack words to sincerely thank him for having accorded me an opportunity to study at this once famous school,”he told a mammoth gathering .
And to prove he meant what he said Gachagua promised to ensure all the asbestos roofing in most of the school buildings were removed as from tomorrow since they have been declared a health hazard.
Accompanied by a contingent of the old boys some of whom are University Dons , and other high profile professionals, announced the school will have an ultra-modern swimming pool with international standards soon.
He said all the architectural works, materials survey and all related specialized skills for the project will be undertaken for free by the Old Boys .
And due to the high student population(1700 plus) which has constrained the dining hall built in the 70’s to accommodate a maximum of 400 students , a state of the arts one will be built soonest under the same conditions like the swimming pool.
“The beauty of Kalahari ( nickname of the school ) is that amongst us the old boys we have professionals of all kinds , Doctors ,Engineers, Lawyers , Professors , Journalists and name it hence the two mega projects we have earmarked will be constructed at a minimal cost as we give back to our dear school,”he said.
As if that was not enough, Gachagua has promised to deliver to the school personally a 62 seater Scania bus to replace an old one which has reached its sell by date .
It was only last week the Ministry of water sunk a bore hole which he commissioned on Saturday and which brought the perennial water shortage to an end .
“Since the output of this bore hole is much more than the school requires am urging the school BOM to ensure the surrounding community benefitted from the excessive water.
The old boys said they were ready and willing to do whatever it takes to restore the lost glory of the school.
During the 70s, 80s and 90s the school topped in the county and was competing favorably with giants like Alliance, Mangu ,Nyeri High , Kagumo and name it but from md 90s , things started falling apart .
Education CS Hezekiah Machogu who was present brought a government donation of Sh 100 million to be used in the removal and replacement of the asbestos sheets .and 50 pieces of computers for the students .
The school administration said a total of sh 600 million was rewired to refurbish the old buildings and putting up new classrooms , a modern library and other amenities .
Gichugu MP Gichimu Githinji ,his Kirinyaga Central and Mwea counterparts Gachoki Gitari and Mary Maingi and the County Woman MP Njeri Maina were present at the high profile occasion.