December 2016

MCI patron Dr. Peter Munga (in blue shirt) together with ACK Bishop of Mt. Kenya Central Allan Waithaka (Centre) joins the celebrations. Diana Wanjiru and Kelvin Mwaura (raised shoulder high) were amongst those who scored grade A-.
As schools and parents continue to celebrate best grades in this year’s KCSE, St. James ACK Cathedral in Murang’a saw 29 out of 32 Murang’a County Initiative (MCI) scholarship beneficiaries lauded for their determination to pass the examination that was very strictly monitored.

While addressing the scholars, MCI patron Dr. Peter Munga said that 95 percent of them had attained university grades. He challenged the students, who all come from poor backgrounds, to ensure that they broke the vicious cycle of poverty in their families through education.
This year’s beneficiaries registered five A-, 10 B+, five B, six B- and two C+ with only three students attaining a C.

Diana Wanjiru Gatuto from Kibutha Girls High School and Kimani Kelvin Mwaura were lifted shoulder high after attaining grade A- of 78 points and 74 points respectively. The two were so excited as the narrated their story of how they were offered scholarship by MCI having lost hope of pursuing secondary school education for they are from very poor families.

“When I was admitted to Njiiri School, I was worried of how my poor parents would get me to that school since my father had already left us with my mother due to his drunkenness. I could cry at night and ask God to intervene in my situation because I knew I was the only hope for my family. God answered my prayers through MCI scholarship and now I can see my dream of becoming an engineer coming true.” Said Kelvin Mburu.

Diana who aspires to be a doctor also took down memory lane on how she had watched her hopes die after she was admitted to Kibutha Girls secondary school considering the fact that her parents were unable to pay for her.

“When I become a neuro surgeon, I will ensure that I give back to my community in Murang’a County and ensure that children from poor like me also get access to good education. Indeed, MCI has set the pace.” Said Diana.

MCI chairman Prof. Kiarie Mwaura explained that even the three students who did not attain the university grades would be guided in selecting the best colleges where they would pursue their preferred courses.

Prof. Kiarie noted that the students would in future make good professionals after being guided by MCI, which was an organisation of professionals, business people and well-wishers from Murang’a County.

MCI came together under the patronage of Equity Bank’s chairman Dr. Peter Munga who is also a son of Murang’a County. The organization was started in 2010 and admitted its first students in 2011, who sat for their KCSE last year. All the 32 joined different universities and are still under MCI scholarships.

Dr. Peter Munga then pointed out that the students were supposed to apply for higher education loans board loan (HELB) but before the loan was processed, MCI helped in ensuring that all the 32 students joined universities.

He added that their organisation has now over 250 students and was not affiliated to any political outfit or politician.

“It is not the County government that sponsors your education. It is not the governor even though he ought to have his contribution but he did not show his goodwill or any support to MCI yet Murang’a County through MCI is the only County that gives scholarships to its bright but needy students who come from poor backgrounds. That is how MCI is breaking the vicious cycle of poverty in Murang’a that in four years to come, the County will have majority number of doctors, lawyers, engineers, and professionals of all kind, courtesy of MCI.” Dr. Munga said.

A Thika Township Ward 2017 aspirant has called on the government and the society to give greater emphasis on the challenges facing people living with disabilities (PWDs) and their families by addressing the barriers they face in their everyday lives and understanding their priorities right.

Nominated M.C.A Florence Njeri Ngeru (Flozie) said issues related to disability were not merely the fact that the person was suffering from certain restraints in physical, mental or social aspects but they went beyond this point in concern about the livelihood of the persons affected.

Speaking at Eden Centre in Kiandutu, Thika Sub-County while sharing New Year’s gifts to over 50 PWDs and their families, Flozie emphasised that the importance to understand the nature of disabilities and their consequences as this would help in assisting them live a normal domestic life.

The leader blamed the predicaments these group of people squarely on the current leadership which she said had failed to seek solutions that could solve them once and for all. She reckoned that there was a disconnect between the people and the leaders at the helm as those who were supposed to be the link failed to play their role or rather were never in touch with the reality on the ground.

She argued that this was just part of the reason that she had decided to vie for the seat of Thika Township Ward in the coming General Elections.

“Without the proper care and help, it is next to impossible to help these people and it is essential to help them not only because they are part of our community but also because they are part of the humanity. What I have witnessed here is a sad picture of a people left to fate with no one really addressing their plight. This is so unfortunate and very unacceptable considering the fact that we have leaders assigned with the duty to oversee any form of intervention,” said the MCA in tears.

Flozie said that her leadership would prioritise the disadvantaged people who she said were neglected and forgotten by the current representatives.

“These leaders have no business with the disabled and the aged as they are regarded as a burden and cannot be useful when it came to executing their brand of politics. There are so many kitties in both the national and the county governments that money can be derived to assist you start a business. As leader, one is also privileged to access the top leadership to source for assistance for their people. If those you elected cannot do that, then it simply mean that they assumed leadership to nurse their selfish interests,” she said.

She thanked Kiambu governor William Kabogo for donating the foodstuff and promised them that she would personally ask him to visit them so that they could articulate their challenges to him and work out solutions to some of their challenges.

On behalf of the group, Centre Director Eunice Muringi Mwangi thanked the MCA and the governor for their gesture noting that were it not for them, majority of those people would have ushered in the New Year with nothing to eat. She noted that the MCA’s visit was the first for any leader even though they had tried reaching others in vain.

“No leader has ever laid foot on this ground before even after we have made all efforts to invite them. Some of our problems are not financial but the lack of someone to link us with the relevant authorities. We can categorically say that our elected leaders have totally neglected us and given our pleas a wide berth,” said Ms. Mwangi.

Andrew Kinuthia Njoroge (in white shirt) talk t the press, franked by his mother Nancy Mumbi (extreme left), younger sister and brother during his homecoming.
In the year 2004, Andrew Kinuthia Njoroge’s family had no idea what happened to him after he disappeared. Fourteen years later, a once disoriented young man shows up at their home in Munandai-ni, Nguthuru Sub-Location, Kandara Constituency of Murang’a County claiming to be their long lost son.

The news of his return brought the entire village into jubilation on Wednesday as majority of the people had presumed the worst for this son of the soil.

His mother Nancy Mumbi Njoroge, could not hide her joy as she narrated how her son knocked her door that evening.

“When he introduced himself as my son, I called his name thrice just to be sure that I was speaking to the right person. It is long since I saw him. He left home as a small boy and I had to be sure that this was not a dream,” said the joyful mother.

Mumbi says that on that fateful day, she left home in the morning for casual labour only to miss her son in the evening. Their search for the boy was fruitless, days after visiting various police stations, hospitals and morgues in the region. Eventually, the family retired to fate but just asked God to perform a miracle that would have brought him back to them, either dead or alive.

“What pained me is that by the time of his disappearance, no one in the family had issues with Kinuthia to warrant his disappearance. This made us believe that the worst had happened to him but something kept telling me that I would find him one day. I therefore do not know how to thank God for today’s developments,” said Mumbi.

On his part, Kinuthia said that he left for Nairobi after he could not withstand the hardships he had to live with at home due to poverty. He went to Huruma slums where he ended up being in the streets. Occasionally, he would join the estate youth in football but this did not bring food to the table.

“When I realised that I had difficulties feeding myself, I resulted to being a parking boy where drivers would give us tips for helping them park their cars and put away other boys who were in the habit of vandalising the vehicles. But this money was just peanuts, so I eventually joined a group of young men who were mugging people for a living,” said Kinuthia.

His life as a mugger was never a bag of roses as he in many occasions escaped death by a whisker. He survived to see many of his accomplices die via the police bullet or through mob justice. This disturbed him so much and many a times, he wished that he could change his ways.

He eventually opted out the criminal life after receiving so many death threats from the police who warned him that they would shoot him on sight regardless of whether they had caught him in the act or not.

“I decided to scavenge plastics for a living. In the process, I started taking glue to relieve my stress. This went on for a while before I started abusing other hard drugs. Eventually, I got addicted and ended up being a zombie,” he narrated.

Kinuthia was rescued by an NGO, The Homeless of Nairobi, who took him to a rehab centre for a period of three months. Upon full recovery, the organisation took him to Makueni where he served as a shop assistant before the business collapsed. Having nothing to do, he returned to Nairobi where the NGO readmitted him and later took him to a driving school. He has recently graduated and is now waiting for his licence.

“I requested the management to allow me visit my family over this Christmas as I was already missing to see them. I thank the Director Mr. Clifford Oluoch for were it not for him, I wouldn’t be talking to you as I am doing now. I would either be rotting down in drugs or even dead by now,” he added.

He plans to settle down soon and probably start a family of his own. He appealed to his fellow youth to stay away from crime and drugs as their results were dire.

Ndung’u Kahungura, human rights activist in the area promised to assist Kinuthia secure a job soon after he got his licence as a way of protecting him from backsliding into his wayward past.

“I will personally talk to a few friends who will help him get a job as soon as he gets his driver’s licence. I plead to the society to accept such people back as it is in such gestures that we help them to reform,” said Ndung’u.

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