The colonial government established Moi Nyeri Complex Primary School on June 11, 1949 in Nyeri town to cater for education needs for the children of European settlers.
The mixed boarding and day school later became one of the only two national primary schools in Kenya besides Musa Gitau Primary School. The school with a 1,500 student population later changed names to Nyeri Primary School, which in its hey day, was the choice school for Kenya’s Who’s Who owing to its exemplary academic record.
We’re here talking about the children of Cabinet Ministers Simeon Nyachae, David Musila, the late David Mwiraria and the late Jackson Angaine.
Indeed, even Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s daughter, Natasha Museveni is an alumnus, before she was sneaked out in class two in 1982 when her father was in the bush, leading a guerrilla war that ushered him to power. Natasha Museveni, however, abandoned her suitcase containing her uniform, sports gear and an envelope, at the Niger dormitory!
Other notable alumni — before the school lost its glory — include Kenya’s ambassador to Australia and former head of Presidential Press Unit, Isaiah Kabira, Royal Media Services boss Wachira Waruru and Human rights activist Maina Kiai.
Others guided by the motto umma Petto (Aim High) include Opus Dei Fr. Charles Wanyoike, journalist Soni Kanake, Carol Kinyanjui Assistant Human Resource Officer Embu County, Arthur Kung’u Associate Advocate at Njoroge Regeru & Company Advocates, Olive Muthoni Senior Energy Advisor, Eastern Africa at Business Sweden and Cathryn Mathenge Director of Communications and Public Relations at Derca Agencies.
Others who wore green pullovers, khaki shorts, light green shirts, blouses and skirts include; Dr Johnson Wambugu, Counseling psychologist Faith Mutegi, Bahari FM business manager Wagema Karanja and Mwangi Kariuki Managing Partner at Namasaka & Kariuki Advocates.