The Chanarians are a sad lot this afternoon after news of their school principal passing way hit them.
Allan Macharia, the deceased is reported to have collapsed during a meeting at the school on Thursday, July 23.
Confirming his demise, Thika sub-county police boss Beatrice Kiraguri said the Principal started developing shortness of breath. He walked to his car where he collapsed. He was rushed to Thika Level 5 Hospital but was unfortunately pronounced dead on arrival.
Reports from the school indicate that the deceased was in his office with the school secretary and bursar when he started developing breathing difficulty.
The principal had also held a two-hour meeting with a board member and a contractor over the construction of a new dormitory.
An eye witness going by the name Wahome said that he was called from his house by the school bursar. He found the principal inside his car, so he drove him quickly to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Wahome also said that the secretary said that the head had complained of shortness of breath, walked to his car where he collapsed.
Thika West Heads Association chair Julius Muraya has described the principal as a dedicated, selfless man who loved his job.
He had helped the school acquire a new bus early last year and was now on the verge of steering more development projects for the betterment of the institution.
“The deceased was not only a colleague but a close family friend. I am deeply saddened by his death,” said Thika High School principal.
The deceased was still on medication after suffering a heart attack three years ago. He had been diagnosed with the condition at the Aga Khan Hospital where he had been admitted three years ago. He was a long-serving principal of Kirogo Boys in Murang’ a County before he was transferred and brought closer home to manage his condition.
His son Mwani Macharia has also described his father as a caring man who would stop at nothing just to provide for his family. His body has been moved to the Kenyatta University Morgue.