Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has pledged to assist stranded students in the capital after the government postponed the official school opening dates.

Speaking on Monday, Sakaja acknowledged the challenges faced by many parents and students due to the sudden directive.

He expressed his willingness to help those affected around the CBD by covering their bus fare for the journey home and even providing refreshments.

“I have seen a few photos showing some students who are stranded. So when I leave here I will go and pay for their bus fare for their return home. I will also buy them soda so that they have something to eat,” Sakaja said during an interview on Radio Citizen.

In addition to his aid for stranded students, Sakaja defended the government’s decision to postpone school openings.

He suggested that Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu might have received crucial information at an unprecedented hour, emphasizing the government’s good intentions behind such decisions.

Sakaja also disclosed plans to distribute surplus food prepared under the Dishi na County program to camps hosting flood victims.

With a significant surplus of 184,000 plates of food and only 14,000 people in the camps, arrangements are being made to ensure the excess food reaches those in need, including potential distribution to prisons.

Meanwhile, Education Cabinet Secretary Machogu announced in a midnight communication that school openings, originally scheduled for April 29, will now commence on May 6, 2024.

This extension is attributed to the ongoing floods caused by heavy rainfall across the country. The decision aims to prioritize the safety of students and educators in light of the adverse weather conditions.


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