By Erick Ludeya
He is a man who believes in education and this has been his yardstick ever since he got into politics as a young enthusiastic leader.
To him, every hurdle in life comes with new possibilities and his attributes have been the benchmark for many leaders and institutions. Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi may not be so vocal politically but you are never going to miss him on your menu if you are focusing on matters development.
He leads a constituency of five wards;Kangemi, Deep Sea, Kibarage, Mji wa Huruma, Ndumboini and Githogoro.
Majority of the constituency is covered with informal settlement with many people depending on daily casual jobs to survive.
Here are some of the key attributes and values the Times has been able to deduct from the life activities of the soft spoken legislator.
Patient man and honest believer
His success journey is an interesting story that captures the essence of patience and trust which many young people must seek to adopt. This is a man who has revealed quite occasionally how he had to repeat several classes to pave the way for his older siblings to complete school.
And even after joining Form One in 1979, he had to wait until 1983 to sit for his ‘o’ level exams instead of 1982.Despite having exelled,another rude shock came his way when he was told to go back to form three in 1984, so that his two sisters could also attend school.
The drama would not end there for him. After his ‘A’-levels, he was admitted to the University of Nairobi for a Bachelor of Arts programme but he declined and travelled to India, where he studied Law.
Such is the life of the MP to the extent that when majority of city residents have opined that he is the best man to take over the running of the capital city as the governor, he has been quoted severally in media outlets saying that 2022 is not yet the right time for him. He could be right.
Those who follow keenly events in Westlands must be aware of the famous Mradi Mitaani, an empowerment programme targeting the youths.They have to make proposals on development projects they would want support before the MP steps in with partners and the NG-CDF to boost them.
Some youth groups have benefited from public address systems, tents, sewing machines, salon equipment and many others.
Community and Church activities
He is a man who has shown great and unending passion in working with the church and other faith bsed organizations.
He has joined friends and congregants for church services that culminate in fund raising to boost community work or even build more churches.
Some of the churches he has partnered with include Kabete Friends and ADC Matendo Church in Kangemi.
𝘞𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘔𝘗 𝘛𝘪𝘮 𝘞𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘺𝘪 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘰𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘫𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘵 𝘒𝘢𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘦 𝘍𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘈𝘋𝘊
At Friends Church, the legislator helped the church to raise Sh 531,476 in a fundraiser to purchase a church plot for NARL local church in Ndumbuini with a personal donation of Sh100,000. This brought the total amount collected to Sh2,031,476.
He has also led a fundraiser to secure and retain Visa Oshwal Primary School as a public institution.
A total of Sh1,391,300 was raised, with Wanyonyi contributing Sh 300,000 to the kitty. The money shall be channeled to the school’s legal team.
Education has been his main focus and it is not even easy to document the right number of schools he has refurbished or even built from scratch since 2013.
His latest initiative was the unveiling of a new Sh 29 million dormitory that can accommodate 120 pupils at Westlands Primary .
The project was co-funded by Westlands CDF and Parents contributions. The two-floor building offers a lot of amenities, including study rooms, television room and a matron room.
Addressing the green-ribbon-cutting ceremony, the MP said the new dorm while providing accomodation to senior pupils at the school, will also provide a better and suitable environment where students can enjoy their learning away from distractions.
“We are launching this project to improve the infrastructure in our schools. To give our children an enabling environment to enjoy learning. The parents are assured of the security of their children,” Wanyonyi said
Roads and infrastructure
He has consistently talked about the need to open up more access roads and why we must improve the infrastructure within our estates.
Mr Wanyonyi has recently facilitated the construction of lower kabete box culvert, recarpeting of 1st to 5th Parklands roads as well as Pramukh Sikh road through KURA.
Similarly, he has expedited the periodic maintenance of Westlands road, Muthithi road, Chiromo lane, Unga Lane, Woodvale Groove, Motio, Tausi, School lane, Karuna road, Muguga Green, Brookside drive, Gama Pinto and Brookside Garden roads.
In addition, under KURA’s Performance Based Road Maintainance Contracts, Mr Wanyonyi has furthered the speedy maintenance of Ojijo road, Parklands road, Lower Kabete road, Kirawa road, Peponi road, Limuru road, Muthaiga road, Getathuru road, Ngecha road, Redhill road part (Limuru road , Muthaiga road, Getathuru road, Ngecha road, Redhill road part (Limuru road-Ngecha road), UN avenue, Runda road, Kapenguria road, Kaptagat road, Loresho Ridge road, Kyuna road.
Other roads Hon Wanyonyi has accelerated their recarpeting include David Osieli road, Church road, Mvuli road, Woodvale Close, Rapta Road, Lantana road, Westlands Avenue, Sports road (Prof. Saitoti), Masari road, iregi road, Mtama road, Mwambao road, 6th Parklands avenue, Jalaram road, Shivachi road, Bhanderi road, Wambugu road, Wambugu groove, Wanglapala road, Muthithi road and Wambugu lane.
He recently opened Githogoro Muringa road and Parklands Access Sports club road which were financed by KeRRA through the constituency roads committee.
Speaking during the launch at Githogoro, Westlands MP called on the locals to make good use of the road for their economic gain.
“This road will open up this area for development. I urge Githogoro residents to take good care of this road. We have tarmacked this road in addition to the Githogoro Runda link road and Mji Wa Huruma access roads,” said the MP.
Mr Wanyonyi said that he will push for the tarmacking of the road linking Githogoro shopping centre to Kiambu road through Matopeni.
Specifically, he thanked Githogoro residents for being fully cooperative with the people who had encroached on the road reserves by moving out peacefully.
Meanwhile at Parklands, Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi reiterated the importance of public participation in development. He said that the road will open up traffic in the Parklands region, especially emanating from Ojijo road.