Where veteran broadcaster Mambo Mbotela and Retired General Julius Karangi schooled

Mambo Mbotela, Julius Karangi, Danson Mungatana and Abbas Gullet are only but a few of Ronald Gideon Ngala Primary School alumni Photos: File

Buxton Primary school Mombasa was started in the 1900s for Indians and Africans. But miros took longer to enroll.

Buxton, which later changed to Ronald Gideon Ngala Primary, was established by the Church Missionary Society (CMS), taking in Christians and Muslims but few girls enrolled forcing the CMS to to teach girls at Frere Town Primary School in the mainland as Buxton remained a boys' school.

Buxton was to teach and ease the spread of Christianity in the Muslim dominated region. By 1921 the Indians section was permanently closed and thereafter the school catered mainly for African Christians.

The boys’ day primary school is named after Ronald Ngala, the late Cabinet Minister and Coast political giant who headed Buxton during the State of Emergency in 1950s Kenya.

Buxton was once one of the best schools in Kenya, producing renowned teachers and priests. And it was here where the late freedom fighter Fred Kubai and one of the Kapenguria Six, schooled as did Mbiyu Koinange, the late powerful Cabinet Minister in the Jomo Kenyatta government. Mbiyu later became the first Kenyan to earn a Bachelors and Masters degree in America.

Bishop Obadiah Kariuki, the first Anglican Bishop of Mt Kenya Diocese in 1955 schooled at Buxton courtesy of Rev Canon Harry Leakey, the grandfather of Richard Leakey. Obadiah, author of A Bishop facing Mount Kenya: An Autobiography is the father of Court of Appeal Judge Paul Kihara Kariuki.

Retired General of Kenya Defense Forces Julius Karangi was taught by Mvondi at Buxton as did veteran broadcaster Leonard Mambo Mbotela as well former Changamwe MP Ramadhan Kajembe.

Other notable Ngalans include; Former assistant minister and Garsen MP Danson Mungatana, former Harambee Stars midfielder Douglas Mutua and Abbas Gullet, the secretary general of the Kenya Red Cross.

 

 


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