Leaders from Nandi County joined students at Kapsabet Boys High School on Monday to mourn former President Daniel Toroitich arap Moi, an alumnus of the school.
Led by Governor Stephen Sang and the County Commissioner (CC), Olaka Kutswa who described Moi as an icon who feared God and served the country with humility.
Sang, also an alumnus of the School said “Mzee” has rested peacefully having led a fulfilling all rounded life.
“We mourn a leader who transformed education sector in Nandi, the many schools we pride in are as a result of his contribution for instance Kapsabet Boys and Girls, Meteitei Boys, Chebisaas girls, Moi Sirgoi to mention but a few,”.
Besides, he said Moi gave a presidential directive to shut down all chang’aa dens in the county; in the health sector, he established Nyayo wards at the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital (KCRH), Chepterwai and Maraba.
In mourning the former president, the governor declared Wednesday as a holiday for the county employees to reflect on the message of peace, love and unity, Moi’s signature clarion call.
Kutswa on his part, urged the students to adopt and practice the values laid down by the departed former president.
“We should emulate the positive and firm leadership portrayed by Kenya’s second president during his 24-year reign that promoted peace, love and unity,” said Kutswa.
Ezra Mugambi, a representative of the student’s fraternity gave a tribute to Moi terming him a legend.
“As students we are mourning a remarkable, industrious and honorable man. Some of the facilities we are enjoying in the school are courtesy of his leadership and the zeal he had for the school”, said Mugambi.
Moi was a former student at the then Government African School Kapsabet from 1935 to 1942.
According to the School Principal, Kipchumba Maiyo, who displayed his records, Moi was registered as student number 506 and resided in Kibyegon dormitory.
Maiyo and the school at large prides in Moi’s projects that he implemented at the school for instance constructing a tuition block and a resource centre which he launched in 1995.
Kapsabet Boys was founded in 1925 and it has since produced about 14,000 prominent personalities in the country.
Currently, the school has a student population of 1,800 with 60 TSC teachers and 20 under the board of management.
By Bethsheba Abuya