Sakaja Promises to Pay Fare for All Stranded Students in Nairobi

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Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has instructed his team to visit every matatu station and pay fare for stranded students returning home following Cs Machogu directive.

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Speaking during an interview with Radio Citizen, Sakaja pledged to personally assist at the matatu stations.

He noted that some students had already departed for school before Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu postponed the reopening until Monday, May 6. Regardless of their origin county, the Governor stressed that all stranded students in Nairobi would receive aid.

“I have seen several pictures of stranded students online some of whom had been given one-way bus fare to school,” he stated.

“When I leave (the studio), I will go to the stages and pay for all the students who are stranded in town. I have sent my team to check now and I will go to the stages myself. I will give them fare and soda.”

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu; Image/File

Sakaja also urged against blaming Machogu, suggesting the decision-making process might have been influenced by various factors.

He emphasized the government’s good intentions in disseminating information promptly.

Machogu’s letter explained the decision to postpone the reopening, citing reports from regional education authorities regarding the adverse effects of heavy rains on schools nationwide.

“In the face of the ongoing heavy rains, the Ministry of Education last week directed its field officers to submit data from all Basic Education Learning Institutions countrywide to assist the Government in assessing the readiness of the schools for the Second Term opening on Monday, April 29, 2024,” the statement from Machogu read in part.

The decision to postpone the reopening coincided with major highways being cut off due to flooding. Additionally, nearly 20,000 households have been displaced in Nairobi and other areas, making it impossible for children to reach their schools

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