Many scandals have characterized Nyali School located along Links Road in Mombasa County in the recent past few years. However, there has been drama in the last one month with the quitting of its Corrupt head teacher – Mr. John Kombo aka JK (although uncertainty still surrounds it), adjourned AGM where the board attempted to Rig election and eventually a parent rushes to court to seek its protection.
It all started when the board of Management gave into pressure by parents and decided to call for an AGM on the 19th March, 2022, with Elections of Board of Management being one of the hot Agenda. On 21st February, 2022, the secretary of the club circulated a notice of an AGM and election of the club board members. Many did not believe it but at last the fading hopes of removing the board of management that had protected theft in Nyali was revived and parents saw light at the end of the tunnel.
More shock will follow when Parents of Nyali School received yet another circular on 1st March, 2022 but this time from unlikely source. The trustees of the club who have been dormant for so long, would this time break the news that many parents have been praying for. They confirmed that the Nyali long serving corrupt head teacher JK has decided to formally exit his contract and pursue other interests. JK who in reality had his contract expiring at the end of December 2021 is said to have requested to have his exit in December 2021 but was “requested” to stay up to the time the KCPE candidates of 2021 finalizes with their exams. This confirmed what parents have been knowing that JK had his contract expiring in December 2021. In the letter, the trustees promised to arrange for a party for a befitting send off for the corrupt head teacher.
With all the circulars being released, parents waited for KCPE to be finalized and preside over the exit of JK but nothing would come over. KCPE results were released and JK teacher would chest thumb the good results that came out of efforts by teachers and kids to reignite his continuance stay. However, no sign JK quitting was noticed and in contrast, his accomplices started hinting that JK is not going anywhere. This started to raise eye brows among parents but as the AGM was nearing, parents were waiting for it to put a killer blow to the old man tricks.
As the Election day was approaching, JK was busy planning on how to rig the election while parents were aggressively campaigning. JK knew that the only way to sneak his list is through rigging. On the Election day, he ensured that he put his people on the front desk to clear non-members voters some of whom are not even parents in the school, himself was also busy seen campaigning and trying to lure some few parents to insert extra ballot papers on the ballot boxes. Despite all this, parents came in number and were ready to put in a board with integrity and focus on eradicating corruption. On seeing this, the old man sensed defeat and had to lie to members that active members are 1200 and so the required quorum is a third (400). However, in reality, active members are less than 600 and quorum ought to have been less than 200. Although the meeting was attended by over 200 members, the meeting was adjourned to allow team JK to re-strategize.
In an affidavit sworn by the parent, the parent has sought a temporary order of injunction to restrain the Board of Management, its servants, agents, employees, assigns and/or any other person or entity claiming through it from in any manner from conducting, taking part or undertaking an Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 2nd April, 2022 pending inter-parties hearing of his application.
The parent has raised the following:
· The parent has also raised an issue with the current treasurer being a shareholder of Paramount Education Center, a school that is co-owned with JK. The parent now want the court to declare a conflict of interest on the side of the treasurer and that the treasurer takes responsibility of the money lost during his tenure. It is believed the huge losses in 2020 was contributed by among other reasons payment of ghost workers who are believed to work for Paramount.
· The parent also raised concern on the stalled High school project in Mavueni, Kilifi County. The parent noted that, despite funds having been used in the project, there has been no accounts on how money was spent and neither has the project finished. The parent now wants the court to order a further scrutiny of the project and that people responsible for the losses of school funds be apprehended and taken to task.
The matter which is now before Hon C. N. Ndegwa in a civil suit No. 490B of 2022 under certificate of urgency and is set for a hearing on the 26th April, 2022 before Court 16 in Mombasa Law courts. It is clear now that, Nyali issues will now have to be resolved in court after the board refused to eradicate corrupt practices that has the seen the school loose millions of its finances.
While this move really annoyed JK and his current board of management, many parents welcomed the move as it would unravel many issues that JK and his board have been terming them as “Umbea” in the past. The school is yet to respond to the plaintiff demands but it has given JK and his board of Management sleepless nights. For many years they have taken parents for granted with soft cunning words. But this time, they will face a court proceeding where they will be compelled to give the truth of all the issues raised by the plaintiff.
Parents are praying that they get justice and all their money lost through corruption be returned back and those responsible be taken legal action against.