Low key ceremony as global teacher gets back home

The winner, Teacher of the Year global award, Brother Peter Mokaya Tabichi has been a busy man.

After the award ceremony in Dubai, he jetted back into the country where he got a warm welcome at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

He met various dignitaries in the city, including President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House and has received invites to address various conferences across the world.

From Nairobi, the County of Nakuru offered him a heroic welcome, with billboards by the roadside and a caravan of heavy vehicles.

Governor Lee Kinyanjui was among the county officials who received the global teacher at his work station, Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School which is located in Njoro Sub County.

But a recent function to receive Bro Tabichi in his native village of Kerongo in Kitutu Masaba, Nyamira County was an anti-climax.

He had earlier met Governor John Nyagarama and sources indicated that the county government organized the event at the teacher’s former primary school.

The event which was thought to attract the attention of the world however turned out to be a village event with only a handful of worshipers who had gathered for prayers at the venue.

Nyamira county top leaders were not at the event, save for area Member of Parliament (MP) Shadrack Mose, Kemera ward representative Mr. George Nyachae and Nyamira County Assembly speaker Moffat Teya.

Governor Nyagarama cancelled his attendance to the event with what an insider told this reporter was an embarrassing turn out. The senator, Eric Okong’o and Women representative Jerusha Momanyi either did not show up nor did they send representatives.

The county boss was represented by county secretary, Eric Onchana Aori.

Speaker Teya asked teachers to follow the footsteps of the global teacher award winner Peter Tabichi.

Teya said the world had recognized Gusii and Nyamira for producing a champion in education saying all leaders should support education in the region as the first priority.

“As leaders we should embrace brother Tabichi’s character of hard work because we have now been recognized in the whole world as education champions. This should be a wake-up call to our teacher to work harder so that we maintain the name our brother has given to our community and Country,” Teya said.

Mr. Mose said Tabichi had become an international celebrity and there was need to support education in the county.

He asked the county government to ensure education is given a first priority as it was a key to the future.

Tabichi, on his side said that he attributed his win to his childhood teachers and the community for upright bringing.

CAPTION: Bro Peter Tabichi (C) receives prayers from religious leaders at the event. PHOTO/Dan Nyamanga.