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Serena opens second school

NAIROBI, Kenya, February 23 – World number one Serena Williams on Tuesday officially opened Wee Secondary in Makueni district to the delight of students and locals.
The tennis icon who is visiting the country for the second time also unveiled a computer laboratory facilitated by electronics company Hewlett Packard through the Build African Schools programme.

“This is a really special moment to build this school that’s going to help so many kids and build so many futures,” said Serena who is also a global ambassador for HP.

“Without education, life is going to be very difficult. My parents always stressed the importance of getting an education and I hope I’m bringing to fruition their word by opening this school to the community of Wee,” added the 29-year old.

Build African Schools founder Patrick O’Sullivan echoed Serena’s sentiments and added and thanked Serena for the goodwill she accorded the Makueni Community.

“That building (laboratory) is the most dangerous in the whole of Kenya because great minds, scientists, politicians and engineers will come from there thanks to education,” said O’Sullivan.

Asked whether her priorities this season are just on the grand slams, Serena was categorical that she would give her all whenever and wherever she plays.

“My priority is never to lose. It doesn’t always happen but that’s what I strive for,” said Serena who won the Australian Open for the fifth time last month.

On Wednesday morning, Serena will visit Strathmore University where she is scheduled to give a public lecture and in the afternoon will head to Sadili Oval to oversee a coaching clinic.

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  1. mkenyamzalendo

    August 18, 2011 at 2:20 pm


  2. Kamau

    August 18, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    PNU alliance has won in  Kamukunji, and Raila had indicated that it was a contest between him and Uhuru, please consider decamping

  3. Machag

    August 18, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Its ok to have people with differment views and who look at the prism from different angles but we also must agree that whenever the people from Central Kenya meet that is translated to be tribalism but when others meet and even hold elders meeting as happened in Western not too long ago that is called strategizing. We have had alot of “advice” since time gone on joining the rest of the country-no one has told us how we have not joined them but the community is littered with your likes basically merchants of infliuence and no one perfected it better than Kamotho, Ngumbu Njururi etc etc etc and now YOU. They had better arguments than the one you are putting forward. We dont mind you holding your auction in different places as you please but please let us be. The Kikuyu are one of the most informed communities in the country and will not be confined to whatever the few leaders who meet and declare one to be the spokesman want but at least give us that credit and stop talking down on us about perceived wrongs and lack of direction and/or nationalism. Reading through your piece one has the inclination that either you don’t live in Kenya or you are just visiting and there are many of us like you,.. The People of Central Kenya have a right like any other people to decide the way they will go

  4. Anonymous

    August 18, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Sorry my friend. 2012, HAKUNA MGAWANYIKO just as we have shown in Kamukunji. Finally. The man has owned up that he is the convenor of “Kikuyus for Raila” lobby group. Prepare to cry in the toilet just like Miguna Miguna when Raila fails to reward you hata kazi ya sweeper. 
    DO NOT DISTORT HISTORY. Raila sanctioned the 41-vs-1

    Thank God for the BBC which unlike the Kenyan media, does not shy away from recording and preserving facts. Here is the proof.

  5. Kiugi

    August 18, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I am very sorry but you are walking that road alone

  6. Dan

    August 18, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I totally Agree with you, because whenever UK talks he refers to KIKUYUS and people from central province as “MY” people!!!! What about the rest of Kenya? This UK is too much drunk of Tribal Politics and Ethnicity that was introduced in Kenya by his Late Father Mzee JK. Only Ocampo will correct the mess in his head, only ICC will teach him that Kenya is ONE house, one nation, one people and we are not owned by his overly developed political super egoism. 

  7. Kiugi

    August 18, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Iam not sure which part of central you are from,but i can tell you that you need to see some light…..”nataka kuongea na waluo na waluhya”,you remember that speech by Raila,Uhuru park 2007?… post election killing 2007, interview hosted by BBC,’this is nothing it is like a fight between Chelsea and Man U,you remember that interview…..Most of our tribes are united more than never,and that is what happened in Kamukunji….you have not seen anything yet days of vitendawili is gone and Kenyans are smarter today than yesterday….that kikuyuforchange to me it sound like YK92

  8. Dake36

    August 18, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    You cannot have your cake and eat it.You are the convenor for kik’uyu for change instead of advocating kenyans for change. By saying we come together in c.kenya we are just trying to catch up with the rest of what other regions in kenya have  already done.No  critics like yourself has ever written an artical to critisize others who are enthroned directly without any contest. UK has suggested  to MK and PK and any other would be aspirant  to come together and contest who among them should lead us to negotiations with others leaders from other regions regarding who among them should run as president.I wish you well with your tribal grouping.You should not see the presidency as a kikuyu contest versus other communities.It is a leader with the majority of votes cast irrespective of tribal affliations, who will  be our president plus other conditions as per our new constitution.If whatever we stand for is aganaist any kenyan laws, then intead of your empty rhetoricking you should seek redress in courts of law to streamline the process

  9. Jmaish2002

    August 19, 2011 at 4:31 am

    Ati kikuyus for change which change and which kikuyus are you talking about. Go look for a real job man.

  10. Bakari Abubakar

    August 19, 2011 at 6:13 am

    Well said Wambugu! Tribal alienation will not get Kenya anywhere but create more animosity from the other 40+ tribes.
    Bravo to KikuyusforChange…KenyanswantChange!

  11. Wainaina

    August 19, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I am descended from Central Kenya where my father, mother and my fore fathers were born meaning that I am a Kikuyu. What upsets me the most is that I am expected to be one of Uhuru’s “MY PEOPLE” yet his ideals & associations do not appeal to me. I am supposed to blindly follow and accept the endorsement by a cabal of elderly Kikuyu men that he is the only one that can unite the community. But the question is unite the Kikuyu against who??

    To me UK epitomizes what the rest of the country has always thought about Kikuyu’s as being too self important and arrogant and believing rather naively that if united as a community they can make a president by sheer force of numbers. 

    The fact is that no one from any community can hope to be a president of Kenya today without a nationalistic appeal and once again UK, his handlers and some within the Kikuyu community have got it wrong and forced the Kikuyu to unite against the rest of Kenya…….in a no win contest!!

  12. Plynkariuki

    August 19, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I agree on the point of perceptions, and currently it is perceived that Kikuyus will NEVER vote for any other person apart from a Kikuyu, and this is backed by EVIDENCE, hard evidence since 1992. This has cemented in other regions, including the new found KKK/G7 alliance members from Kalenjin, that eventually Uhuru and his people, will want the rest of the KKK to support a Kikuyu. This is what I think Mr. Wambugu is saying. Kikuyus have a right to back “their” own, all the time….but in doing so, they are creating more evidence that they don’t care about the rest of the country, selfish etc. Other perceptions that are rife about Kikuyus include the higher percentage of Kikuyus working in the Public sector. Hence, instead of bashing Wambugu, lets look inwards, and see how we can kill those perceptions. Otherwise, I see a trend in future, where other communities will continue to hate us based on this, and we will be alienated from the rest of the country, and left to do our own things ourselves which will not help the country, but simply cement all the hatred against us, our businesses, genuine work etc.

  13. Anonymous

    August 22, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Why should we engage Raila Odinga in particular but not others? After all, the latest opinion poll shows he has only 26% support. Uhuru with 23% is more or less tied and he has not even began campaigning. There is nothing special about Raila that Kikuyus MUST engage him.
      You are really just a hired gun to propagate Raila propaganda and you will fail. We KNOW WHO Raila is ever since 41 against 1 and no amount of clever posturing and lies will change that. That 41 against 1 chain will hang around Raila’s neck like a 50kg chain forever UNLESS he apologizes to Kikuyus GENUINELY and REMORSEFULLY and expresses SINCERE REGRET, otherwise he can forget it. Otherwise you are just pissing in the wind before a storm into your face; so pathetic. Kikuyus for change indeed. 

  14. Anonymous

    August 29, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    It is true that as long as our country is divided along ethnic lines we will never progress.All major wars that happened after the second world war especially in Africa were mainly caused by leaders who propagated negative ethnicity.we as Kenyans should strive towards choosing leaders based on substance rather than our ethnic identities

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