Old school:Muthaura, Iteere and Naikuni are 'Nkuburians'

Inset,Francis Muthaura, Titus Naikuni and Nkubu boys high school. Photo: Moses Omusula

Nkubu Boys High School was founded by the Catholic Diocese of Meru in 1956 at the height of the Mau Mau insurgency and despite the colonial government not being keen on having a boys’ secondary school there.

But the Consolata Fathers under the late Bishop Lawrence Besone defied

— and hurriedly put up mabati structures housing single stream boarding.

Nkubu High sitting on 33 acres grew rapidly to a notable provincial boys’ high school and one of the leading lights in exam performance in Eastern Kenya.

The boys that courted chicks from Kaaga Girls rode in a Leyland school bus christened Muangua (Meru oak)

—and later ‘Sexy’ with songs from Anthony B (Real warrior) and Ginjah (Black sugar) blasting from Roadstar speakers. 

Then there was the school principal who bashed “confused spirits”calling them “mkojo wa mende”.

Notable alumni guided by the motto ‘Veritas et fortitude’ (Truth and Courage) include’ former KQ CEO Titus Naikuni and former head of the Civil Service Ambassador Francis Muthaura, former Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere and former Agriculture PS Romano Kiome.

Other notable Nkubirians are Chuka University VC Prof Erastus Njoka and Nairobi lawyer Mugambi Imanyara who initially ‘owned’ ODM Party.

Buuri MP Kinoti Gatobu and businessman Eric Kinoti slept in warm blankets over thin mattresses at Embakasi and Kinangop dorms.

Others who wore blue shirts, grey trousers and navy blue pullovers include Vivo Energy MD Polycarp Igathe and former Kenya Railway Golf Club chair Nthiomi Majau and former long-distance runner, Stephen ‘Baba’ Kiogora.

People Daily sub-editor Michael Muraya and Kenya Revenue Authority supervisor Mwenda Ribu were here, too.


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