Where billionaire Chris Kirubi and CORDS' Wetangula used common sense

Alumni: Billionaire businessman Chris Kirubi and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula

Friends School Kamusinga. This academic and sporting giant is located less than two kilometres  from the Kimilili Sub-County headquarters in Bungoma County.

The school that produced the best 2006 KCSE national candidate was founded in 1956, but  elevated to a national school in 2011. ‘FSK,’ as it is nicknamed, lifted the national secondary games hockey trophy a record 11 times, besides bagging three East Africa regional hockey titles.

All former FSK students recall their simple, yet catchy school motto: ‘Use Common Sense,’ which still guides many, long after clearing studies.

Those who left from 2002 remember the compulsory use of full cutlery set - fork, spoon and knife - during meals, which was resisted by shagz-modos, but most are now grateful as it accounts for their refined etiquette. 

An unwritten rule stipulated that students run to save time for studies, but they were not to run to the dining hall!

Notable alumni include billionaire businessman Chris Kirubi (who once said the only thing he’s good at is making money), Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula and governors Ken Lusaka (Bungoma) and Benjamin Cheboi (Baringo), as well as Kiminini MP, Dr Chris Wamalwa.

University of Nairobi professors Chris Wanjala (literature) Samson Wanjala (Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and current alumni chair) and controversial scientist Prof Arthur Obel, all wore beige shirts (which have now been changed to white), grey trousers and sweaters, as did journalists Anthony Ndiema (KTN), Paul Wafula (The Standard/The Nairobian) and Nicholas Mudimba (East Africa Sportline).