Citation for Mr. Simon Nyutu Gicharu, CBS for the award of Honorary Doctor of Science by Gulu University on October 25, 2014
Gicharu, Simon Nyutu
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Mr. Simon Nyutu Gicharu was born in a small rural village known as Gathiruini in Kiambu County, Kenya, in 1964. He is the first in a family of six, born to the late Stephen Gicharu, and Alice Wambui. His early life experiences were the cauldron in which his successful characteristic traits were shaped. As a pupil at Kiawairia Primary School and later Gathiruini Secondary School, Mr. Gicharu had to walk many kilometres to and from school. His parents were peasant farmers and their small piece of land, which they tilled for subsistence, provided barely enough for their upkeep. To supplement the domestic income, Mr. Gicharu, alongside his siblings, picked coffee at large commercials farms for which he was paid by every single kilogram of coffee berries picked.