A section of Kisumu Boys’ High School old boys are now locked in a major row with officials of the institution’s alumni foundation which was launched recently.
Several former students of the school have expressed reservations over a requirement that they each part with Sh3000 towards the foundation.
One of the old boys Vinod Patel who is the current chairman of the Kisumu Water and Sanitation Company wondered how the funds would be accounted for.
Patel who is the director of SkyLark Construction Company said he would not participate in the event.
It was the same case with the director of BlackBerry Melkio Oketch who is a former student and also a former teacher at the school.
“We have consulted over the issue and decided that we are not participating,” he said at his office in Kisumu. A number of former students who are prominent members in society skipped the launch at the school compound during the low keyed function.
Other conspicuously absent former students included a Kisumu surgeon James Obondi, Larry Gumbe, JRS security services director Rafik Dhanji and Kisumu city manager Doris Ombara who did her A levels there in the the 1970s when the school was for both boys and girls.
Kisumu Town MP Olago Aluoch who is also an alumnus of the school was the chief guest.
Aluoch said he spent most of his time at the nearby Kisumu bus terminus due to harassment by Indian teachers whom he noted used to kick him about.
The MP told the former old boys that it later took the the intervention of the school headmaster who asked him what was wrong.
Aluoch said the school head told him that he was capable of doing well if he took his studies seriously.
“You used to be at the top of the class, what has gone wrong,” Aluoch said that the concerned head asked him.
The MP said he got down to work and borrowed notes from his colleagues and was again at the top of the class.
Aluoch said he later went on to pass very well until he secured admission at the same school and the prestigious Maseno School.
He said he opted to do his A levels at Maseno before proceeding to the University of Nairobi where he pursued a degree in law.
“Teachers can sometimes make a difference in your life,” he said.
Alumni chairman James Mwamu said they have decided to erect a parameter wall fence around the school which is one of the oldest in the county. He said engineers have approved their plans.
Mwamu who is a Kisumu lawyer said Kisumu Boys High School is in ruins and must be rebuilt once again.
He urged the old boys to network since many of them are well placed in society.
Alumni officials Paul Mbanga and Japheth Ochieng demanded to know who invited members of the media who were there.
“This thing was purely an invite-only function, who did you talk to,” thundered Mbanga.
Ochieng said they know the media whom they spoke to ahead of the function.