Between 1986 and 1993 Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata was a pupil at Vidhu Ramji Primary school in Murang’a town.
The jovial, reggae enthusiast was a playful learner, his favourite pastime game being soccer.
According to fellow alumni, Kang’ata and his squad of boys played football inside a swimming pool that then was not in use and had been drained water after some pupils drowned there years earlier.
“He was this crazy boy who instead of going to the field with fellow boys they opted to play inside the disused pool. You can imagine how dusty they ended.” an alumni recalls.
Here he enjoyed his boyhood fully well even though he did not get a chance to swim. The pool was later renovated.
He proceeded to Thika High School and one time while at University of Nairobi he hustled as a tout in Murang’a town to make ends meet.
The school was established in 1916 as an Asian government school. By 1932 it was a mabati makeshift with a single teacher.
During the State of Emergency it was turned into a colonial military base. It was later called Fort Hall Primary, then Murang’a Township Primary School in 1972. It got the current name; Vidhu Ramji Primary School in 1996.
The Visa Oshwal Community Hall where students had been transferred during State of Emergency was turned into Vidhu Ramji Secondary School.