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5 Interesting Facts About St. Mary’s School Which Has Produced Kenya’s Top 5 Billionaires, Oscar Award Winning Actress

St. Mary’s School boasts of producing at least five billionaires, one president and a handful of globally recognized celebrities.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is one of the most famous alumnus of St. Mary’s school in the Muthangari area of Westlands.

Saint Mary’s School, commonly known as Saints, is a private Roman Catholic primary and secondary day school for boys. The school however admits female students for the IB Diploma Programme.

Uhuru joined Saints in Grade 3, he schooled at the facility together with his brother Muhoho.

The president and his brother were driven to school in a Mercedes Benz 280SE bearing the number KPS 810.

They were driven from Gatundu to the school in Muthangari, Westlands by a now retired GSU officer Mugo Karuga.

Uhuru’s father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta died when he was 17 years old, just a year earlier he had been gifted his first car when he joined the upper Sixth grade.

The late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta gifted his son Uhuru Mercedes Benz 190 E which he used to commute to school when he got to the 6th grade at the age of 16 years.

Students at St Mary’s School were allowed to drive and park their personal cars in school once they got to upper 6th grade.

Charles Ouko who was Uhuru’s classmate at St Mary’s remembers how they felt wonderful milling around the president’s car and entering it.

President Uhuru Kenyatta donned full St Mary’s uniform for the institution's 80th anniversary celebrations in 2019.
President Uhuru Kenyatta donned full St Marys uniform for the institutions 80th anniversary celebrations in 2019

He says Uhuru and his sibling were not treated with any special privileges at Saints, and he was outgoing.

They would open their own doors, carry their own bags to class, attend the assembly with other students and queue for lunch.

Reports indicate that at some point, Uhuru would sneak out in his  Mercedes to hang out with his then-girlfriend and current First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta.

“Uhuru and his good friend Jimmy Kibaki (former President Mwai Kibaki’s son) both espied their future brides while at St. Marys School. First Lady Margaret Kenyatta née Gaul and Sheryl Kibaki née Vienna were students at Msongari. Margaret is of Kenyan and German extraction, while Sheryl is of Goan extraction,” Ouko said in an interview with the Standard.

Apart from Uhuru, his brother Muhoho and Jimmy Kibaki – who are all billionaires – other notible tycoons who schooled at Saints include Jimmy Wanjigi and Gideon Moi.

Uhuru’s cousin Jeff Koinange also schooled at Saints. Other prominent Saints alumni include; Ian Duncan (legendary rally driver), John Githongo (anti-corruption journalist), Lupita Nyong’o (Oscar award-winning actress), Eric Wainaina (celebrated musician).

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