Politician Changes Street Kid's Life After Breakfast Meeting

  • Politician Muthomi Muchiri and the two children at a hotel in Nyeri.
    Politician Muthomi Muchiri and the two children at a hotel in Nyeri.
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  • A Kirinyaga politician on Friday, January 29, offered to pay one-year school fees for two street children who begged him to buy them food.

    Mithamo Muchiri, who also doubles up as a director for the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) was parking outside a supermarket, when one of the children approached him and requested food.

    Touched, Muchiri asked the little boy to accompany him for a cup of tea in a nearby hotel.

    Former Prime minister Raila Odinga and Mithamo Muchiri during a visit.
    Former Prime minister Raila Odinga and Mithamo Muchiri during a visit.
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    "But before the tea was brought he said that he had left his friend outside and could not eat in his absence. Hence, I asked him to go outside and call back his friend," reads a statement on his social media.

    The trio would enjoy their meal as Muchiri engaged them in a conversation.

    He noticed that both street boys were orphans and lived in Kīawara, a slum estate in Nyeri, with their grandmothers.

    "So I drove them to their grandmothers where we agreed to take the boys to school. Thereafter, we went to the sub-chief who committed to take them to school on Monday morning."

    Muchiri has since paid for their uniforms and school fees for one year.

    In December 2020, the president warned parents against failing to comply with the January school reopening directive and tasked the Ministry of Interior to enforce it.  

    “To guarantee that no child is left behind I hereby direct and order as follows; That the Ministry of Interior shall, through all chiefs, account for all children within their jurisdictions.

    “I direct that the Ministry of Education shall receive reports from all primary and secondary schools, regardless of the system of education, (and) details of any child or children who have not reported back to school as directed,” he stated.

    He also ordered the Ministry of Education to publicise the education policy on school reentry so as to facilitate the readmission for those who may not be able to report due to pregnancy. 

    It is almost a month since the students re-opened on January 4, 2021.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking during a meeting at Sagana State Lodge on January 29, 2021.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking during a meeting at Sagana State Lodge on January 29, 2021.
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