By Farah Adan, Wajir.
The oldest high school in what was known as the Northern Frontier districts – Wajir High School has today marked fifty years since it was first started.
In a colorful event held at the school, current students, parents, teachers, old boys, former teachers and residents of Wajir converged today to mark the school’s fiftieth anniversary.
A high level government delegation led by the Deputy President H.E. William Samoei Ruto and many prominent personalities from the region who have graduated from this school turned up for the event which was also a fundraising ceremony for the school.
Leader of the majority in the national assembly Hon. Adan Duale, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi, MPs and Senators among other leaders also attended the event.
Local leaders used the event to put forward requests of what they wanted the government to do for the region.
Tarmacking of the Garissa – Mandera highway, poor electricity and the ongoing non local teachers strike dominated speeches by the local leaders.
The Deputy President has promised that almost 60% of the Wajir-Garissa road will be tarmacked by the end of this year and that Wajir will be connected to the National Grid to provide sufficient power supply. The national grid connection is currently snaking its way to Garissa County.
In the meantime, he added that KPLC will install new generators in the next three months to resolve the power supply crisis in the County.
He said that the Jubilee government has pledged to avail electricity in all primary schools in the country by June this year and Wajir County will not be left behind.
Speaker after speaker, Wilson Sossion came under scathing attack for inciting non local teachers who refused to return to their duty stations in the region citing insecurity and alleged harassment by the locals.
The leaders denied all the allegations and termed Sossion as a war monger who was out to divide the Country along tribal and ethnic lines.
They threated to support local teachers form their own parallel union and ditch Sossion’s KNUT