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Kibaki’s Close Relationship With Starehe BoysOn Friday, April 29, the funeral service for late President Mwai Kibaki was a full military affair in his honor.Military men and women led the procession from Lee Funeral Home to State House and then to Nyayo Stadium, which began early in the morning.The morning event, on the other hand, featured some civilians – The Starehe Boys Band – leaving Kenyans with more questions than answers. After all, former President Kibaki went to Mang’u, not Starehe Boys.Unbeknownst to many, the late Mwai Kibaki had been the Starehe Boys Centre’s Patron since 1969. Kibaki held a special place in his heart for the school, and the family asked the band to join the military procession and perform at the event, which they did.Security expert John Kinuthia, who appeared on Citizen TV, explained why the institution’s band was the only non-military entity at such a high level military function.According to Kinuthia, the band will not only march in the military parade but will also perform at the event.“President Kibaki has been the institution’s patron for 53 years until death, thus the family requested that the school be part of the event and the school has honoured the invite” Kinuthia explainedThe former president believed in education as an intellectual tool for preparing future leaders, and as a result, he made significant investments not only in the Free Primary Education program, but also in individual schools.In 2005, former First Lady Mama Lucy Kibaki established the Starehe Girls Centre.The school held a special place in Kibaki’s heart and the family requested the band to join the military procession and perform at the event which they honoured.Appearing on Citizen TV, security expert John Kinuthia cleared the mystery on why the institution’s band was the only non-military entity at such a high level military function.According to Kinuthia, the band will not only participate in the military march but has also been slotted to perform at the event.The former president believed in education as an intellectual tool in preparing future leaders and thus made great investments not just in the Free Primary Education programme but also supporting individual schools.Former First Lady Mama Lucy Kibaki, launched the Starehe Girls Centre in 2005.“When I went through Starehe Boys Kibaki was such an instrumental part. He was always there during the founder’s day so that is why the school’s choir is performing at the event” he stated.The Starehe band’s symphony and musical instruments have been synchronized with those of the military.This was to be expected given the band’s exceptional talent and appearances at various events and television productions.The late German Goeffrey Griffin established the Starehe Boys Centre to assist Kenyan poor boys in gaining access to education.Griffin not only fostered an academic excellence culture at the school, but he also ensured the school had a thieving arts culture, which resulted in the formation of the Starehe boys choir.ALSO READ:Starehe Boys Centre is also an academic powerhouse, having been named one of the top performers in the recently released 2021 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).Among those who have graduated from the school are Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha, Raphael Tuju, and former Gatanga legislator Peter Kenneth.Kibaki’s Close Relationship With Starehe Boys

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