Police in Machakos on Wednesday managed to raise Sh200,000 and rushed to the rescue of a needy student to ensure he did not miss his Form One slot at Machakos High School.
The police officers took the cash to the school on Wednesday and paid the fees for Simon Muthama Nzioki whose parent and grandfather were unable to raise the needed funds.
Nzioki reported to Machakos Boys' High School on May 4 to take up his Form One slot but did not have the fees and shopping that were requested by the school in their calling letter.
Mohammed Ali, the Machakos Police Station OCS who is a parent at the school, learnt of the predicament of the young boy, who had been accompanied by his grandfather.
Ali reported the matter to County Police Commander Issa Muhammad who coordinated a fundraiser and raised Sh200,000 enough to pay Nzioki’s fees for the entire four years.
Nzioki, who scored 403 marks in the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), could not hide his joy as the cops paid for his secondary school education on Wednesday.
“As part of our social responsibility, the National Police Service in Machakos held a fundraising for a needy boy who scored 403 marks in KCPE but is disadvantaged because he comes from a poor background,” Muhammad said.
He was accompanied by his grandfather and teachers as they collected the banking slips from the County Commander outside his office flanked by a host of police officers involved.
“We do not only deal with crime. We are also compassionate and we assist the society in one way or the other. This is one of the ways,” added the County Police Commander.
Muhammad promised that the police team would offer Nzioki more support where needed to ensure his stay in the school for the four academic years proceeds without any hitches.