Former CS James Macharia and CEO Dan Gikonyo Visit Former High School After 4 Decades

Karen Hospital Chief Executive Dan Gikonyo together with former Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia paid a visit to Kagumo High School on Sunday, where they are both alumnus.

The two, who were in the company of Second Lady Pastor Dorcas Rigathi and former Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia, visited their alma mater to join its alumnus network in celebrating its 90th anniversary.

Macharia noted that the trip marked his first time to visit the school after 45 years.

“I left this school exactly 45 years ago and I remember in that year, we had a prize giving day and those memories come to me with nostalgia. We received those prizes and went own to lead the country,” stated the former CS.

Pastor Dorcas Rigathi speaks at a teachers’ conference at Chania Girls High School in Thika on Friday, January 20, 2023


Gikonyo, on the other hand, revealed that he joined the institution in 1964 class of form 1 at a time when the school’s entire population was just 300 students. Today, the institution located along Nyeri-Nanyuki Road hosts over 2,000 students.

“In the 1960s, when we were here, it was much colder. I was in the form 1 class of 1964 and those days, I think the whole school had 300 students,” he stated.

Speaking during the celebration, Pastor Dorcas called on the boys to focus on their education and refrain from using drugs for a better tomorrow.

She reiterated her focus on saving the boychild arguing that most male minors had been delegated yet they played a crucial role in the society during their adulthood.

“I must see that there is justice that is served to all creation, and especially my boychild. There is no way a country can neglect a seed carrier and expect to thrive,” she explained.

“Therefore, we must fight for and protect the boychild. We have neglected the boychild far too long and we are paying dearly.”


Gikonyo, one of the most respected cardiologists across the country, founded Karen Hospital with Dr Betty Gikonyo in 2003.

His achievements include a post-doctoral fellow in Adult Cardiology from the University of Minnesota in USA and has over four decades of experience.

Gikonyo has also been instrumental in mentoring and training of the majority of adult cardologists across the region.

Macharia, on the other hand, was a trusted confidant of former President Uhuru Kenyatta and headed some of the most plum dockets including; the Health and Transport ministries.

The former CS had created a name for himself in the banking industry when Uhuru before tapped him to serve as a CS in 2013. He remained in office until Uhuru completed his two terms.

During the former President’s first term, Macharia was first appointed to the Ministry of Health before being reassigned to the Transport docket in 2015.

Former Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia.


Nyandarua County Government

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