Mruttu Ground Breaking Pic


The much-anticipated launch of the Rotary-funded Mwanyambo Primary School Library kicked off in earnest yesterday when Taita Taveta County Governor, Eng. John Mtuta Mruttu, escorted by other high ranking County and Voi Rotary Club officials broke the ground to officially signify the commencement of the education project.

The event, which had been slated to take off at 10.00 am, was however slightly delayed due to a programmatic clash with the County-wide quarterly Inter-Faith prayers scheduled to be held at the nearby Voi Stadium, simultaneously.

Donning a protective reflective jacket and a helmet handed to him by the Voi Rotary Team led by in-coming Club President Dr. Hanif, immediate Past Club President Willy Mkubwa and Club Charter President Ashok Anand, Governor Mruttu-himself a former member of the Rotary Club of Mombasa Central, proceeded to scoop out a spade-full of soil from a special mound at the designated 50 feet by 60 feet area situated adjacent to the School’s Special Education Unit. In typical relay fashion, each of the accompanying dignitaries, including a female pupil, also shoveled out the soil in similar, symbolic gestures in the glare of cameras.

Governor Mruttu caused laughter when he drew attention to an exceptional case where the Management of a local School, and a beneficiary of the County Schools’ Mobile Library Project launched last September, had completely neglected to open a secured gift of books two months after its donation by his Government.

Besides Engineer Mruttu, those in attendance at the library ground-breaking ceremony included County Public Service Board Chairman, Mr. Basil Tangai Ngoma, Kenya National Union of Teachers Chairman Mr. Phanuel Mwalwala, Kaloleni Member of County Assembly Hon. Omar Ahmed, Kenya National Library Services Branch Manager Mr. Patrick Githua, and the School’s Board of Management Chairman, Mr. Ndavi Mwanza. Voi Member of Parliament, Hon. Jones Mlolwa was represented by his Constituency Office Manager, Mr. Danson Mghenyi Woresha. Mobile Service Provider Airtel, whose diverse products were put on display at their colorful help desk, also was in attendance.

The County Government of Taita Taveta recently donated Kenya Shillings One million, to boost the proposed School Library kitty. The Rotary Club of Voi, which is the official sponsor of the high profile library project, has embarked on a World-wide funds-drive dedicated to the completion of the project.

In April 2014, the Rotarians organized a successful in-door Library Benefits Concert at Voi Wildlife Lodge, attended by several dignitaries, including Governor Mruttu, Kenya’s Ambassador to Rwanda, Ambassador John Mwangemi, and Kaloleni MCA Hon Omar Ahmed, among others. On that occasion, visiting Dutch pop artiste, Harry Vessuer, especially invited for the fete, thrilled the revelers. He was accompanied by renowned local artiste Nyota Ndogo who was invited also to interpret the Easter charity theme. Kenya shillings five hundred thousand was raised then by the participants.

Currently, Voi City has no library, unlike Wundanyi Town-the current seat of the County Government, where the 15-year old Kenya National Library Service-run facility serves the community and its surrounding Schools. In Werugha, the 3-year old Mary Parch Turnbull Memorial Library, built with private funds from Mwasi and Connie Nyatta, also stands out as a testimony to the unquenched thirst for erudition and enlightenment.

Duncan Mwanyumba,
Voi City, Sunday, June 28, 2015

Duncan Mwanyumba is a practicing advocate of the High Court of Kenya based in Voi City, Coast Province of Kenya, a cultural enthusiast, and the in-coming Vice-President of the Rotary Club of Voi.