A Bungoma County businessman cum politician Stephen Kaiser Simiyu alias Sonko, has issued bursaries to needy students who are joining different secondary schools.
The politician who is eyeing the Matulo ward seat in the August polls on Ford Kenya ticket awarded 13 students Sh7,500 each as part of the fee payment.
This is an effort to bridge the gap between students from the rich and poor backgrounds so that they can all receive education.
“Education is an equalizer, it is through such assistance that children from poor backgrounds can also dine and wine with those from well to do families, am more encouraged when I see them all sitting in one classroom and doing the same assignments,” said Sonko.
Speaking at Satellite Hotel in Webuye town on Thursday morning, Sonko noted that majority of parents had asked for his assistance and has their own he had to sacrifice his little resources to see those children join the schools of their choice.
“My foundation will do all that it entails to see that these children are through with their high school education, they are the future leaders and technocrats who will drive this country’s economy and development to the greater heights,” he said.
He also did the shopping for the beneficiaries mainly drawn from Matulo ward in Webuye West constituency.
The shopping comprised of books, uniforms, sugar, shoes and many more needed personal items.
Majority of the beneficiaries came from St.Antony school for the deaf.
Simiyu has been on the forefront developing the ward through provision of clean water for drinking, constructing houses for some people and fundraising from women groups including supporting small scale businesses.
He is no doubt the son of the soil and has pledged to develop the region even more if he will be elected into the Bungoma County assembly.
Some of the beneficiaries included Henry Onzere from Webuye DEB (354) who is joining Kabartonjo high school, Alloice Odhiambo from S.A primary (413) headed to FSK and Jesca Nyongesa who is joining Loreto Girls from Sambu Central primary.
Others are Alex Macheso got 366 and is going to St.Audria Nyangoma, sat his exams at At.Antony primary.
From Muslim primary is Said Mustafa who scored (361) and is heading to Kivaywa, from Matulo Fym, Andrew Kemboi scored (333) and is joining Malava Boys.
Denis Wanyama from Matulo RC scored (352) and is joining Paul Boit boys, Wamangoli Collins Wangila, from Munyikana Shinners Juma Josphat scored (366) and is joining Teremi high while Grace Wanyama from Royal Academy who scored (405) is heading toSt.Brigdit kiminini.