MP hands over modern lab that stalled 15 years ago

labGanze MP Teddy Mwambire with Daniel Chengo Kahindi brother to the late Joseph Kingi during the official handing over of the Vitengeni Baptist secondary school twin lab

A modern laboratory that stalled 15 years ago at the Vitengeni Baptist Boys high school in Ganze has finally been completed.

The twin laboratory which was started by the then area MP the late Joseph Kingi through Ganze CDF stalled in June 2007 and two successive MPs failed to complete it.

Speaking during the official handing over of the project, Ganze MP Teddy Mwambire said he thought it wise to complete the project as it was meant to benefit the community and not the MP who initiated it.

Mwambire said when he took over leadership in 2017, there were over 30 uncompleted projects left behind by his predecessors.

He said the project needed Ksh 167 million to be completed. As at now only two of the stalled projects have not been completed.

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“Government projects are not for individuals. This project was started by Joseph Kingi but it was not his but a project for this community. It is sad to note that most leaders fail to complete projects left behind by their predecessors on the pretext that it would give their predecessors political mileage. We are here to serve the people not our interests,” said Mwambire

The laboratory was redesigned to be three in one and was completed at a cost of Ksh 6, 000, 000.

It now has two science labs and a computer lab.

“When the laboratory project stalled, there were 50 bags of cement which were left to expire. This was unfortunate and a waste of public resources,” he added.

In honour of the late Kingi, Mwambire invited Kingi’s family to officially open the laboratory and preside over the opening ceremony.

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The family picked Daniel Chengo Kahindi, Kingi’s young brother to officially open the laboratory.

Kingi was ousted from the seat by former Provincial Commissioner Francis Baya in 2007 and in 2013 Peter Shehe was elected Ganze MP.

Inside the laboratory

Both Shehe and Baya initiated new projects and abandoned the ongoing projects.

Vitengeni Baptist Secondary Principal Cleophas Mudibo said the laboratory will boost the science subjects.

“This laboratory is one of the best not only in Ganze but even in the county. We were using a dilapidated lab but now we have all reasons to smile because this lab will boost our science subjects,” he said

For over six years since 2011, the stalled laboratory was used as a makeshift dormitory after the dormitory housing boys by then collapsed following a week-long downpour.

The girls in the school were phased off and in 2017 the boys moved from the laboratory to the dormitory that housed the girls after an attempted arson on the laboratory.

The Ganze NG-CDF also handed over a dormitory with a capacity of 200 students.

The dormitory was constructed at a cost of Ksh 10, 000, 000 in two phases.

“As Ganze, we are very much committed to transform the educational infrastructure (both hardware and software) so as to g harness the best national examination results. We should keep on walking and working together towards our resolved aspirations for our own betterments,” he said.

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