Solomon Omondi Abeti is the indefatigable optimist, with a deep gaze expressing an honest, all-or-nothing demeanor. With Mr. Abeti, life is simple and straightforward, what you see is what you get.
Born in the hilly countryside of Kabondo in Homa Bay County, the lanky KINAPOSA secretary general became an orphan at an early age and was committed to Asumbi Orphanage from where he attended Suna Primary School then Wang’apala High School. He had to drop out from the latter institution in form 3 due to fee challenges after his sponsor pulled out. Thereafter he joined Owiro Mixed High School in Kabondo after the Deputy Principal Dismas Ombogo took him in and sponsored his education through form 3 and 4 where he graduated in the class of 2013. Thereafter he joined Bridge School International in Riga as an untrained teacher and held the position for a year. In early 2015 he moved to Gideon’s Orphanage to work as an administrator under Apostle Newton Atela. The same institution accepted his proposal seeking college sponsorship, allowing him to enroll at The Kisumu National Polytechnic in January 2016 where he joined the Business department.
“All these trials and tribulations helped me discover that I have a passion for servant leadership, a sentiment that propelled me to become class representative the year I joined TKNP,” he says. His experiences as a representative also helped him identify the gap in leadership that came about due to selfishness among executives. He wanted to vie for the Secretary’s post in 2017 but stepped down for Bruce Ochieng who didn’t succeed. This year he consulted and strategized with other students in his department and decided to vie for the post, “I want to serve the student’s interests very well, standing firm with my colleagues and working with the administration, not fighting against them. I also want to lay a firm foundation in this post for future office holder”, he says.
His top priorities as secretary include uniting KINAPOSA leaders to speak in one voice; ensuring students get subsidized and affordable meals as happens in other institutions and to re-establish the role and importance of the student union. In his first 100 days in office he hopes to get KINAPOSA leaders to speak in one voice through weekly executive meetings and a fortnightly general assembly as happens in other colleges; he also hopes to secure subsidized meals for students via a union controlled canteen at the Student’s Centre Hall in partnership with the administration.
“If I can secure these simple but powerful developments for the students, whoever takes over from me will inherit a powerful and useful office”, he says.