One Gilbert Kipkorir’s dream of becoming a career pilot seems to have shattered after the aviation college he had been studying at got closed in mid 2018 together with President Uhuru’s free gift of Sh3.7 million school fees he paid for him.
Kipkorir who hails from a humble background in Bomet county sat for his KCSE in 2013 at Longisa Boys and managed to score a B plain.
According to the Standard, all his life, Gilbert has always dreamt of becoming a pilot, something that made him relocate to Naiobi where he did odd jobs in order to raise school fees.
His passion to become a pilot drove him to an extent of walking to Wilson airport every sunday just to watch planes taking off and landing.
He finally walked into Skylink aviation college at Wilson airport after months of hustling.
When he was given the admission letter, he took it back with him to the village but his mother was flabbergasted when she saw the fees structure to an extent she got confused and asked her son if the 4.5 million school fees was the number plate of the plane he was going to fly.
Villagers managed to raise Sh88,000 which enabled him to get admitted after paying Sh70,000. Korir then went back and managed to raise Sh200,000 which enabled him to fly for 10 hours before another Sh66,000 was raised at Bomet Stadium.
He would later pay an additional Sh144,000 which was given to him by Deputy President William Ruto during election campaigns of 2017.
His efforts finally paid off after President Uhuru Kenyatta visited Bomet in 2017 and his issue was once again raised by Women Representative Joyce Korir. All his fees was paid and all he had to do was study.
However, his dreams would come down crashing after the institution was shut down in mid 2018. Though he and 12 other students were allowed to join Alpha School of Aviation he could not continue studying as the administration insisted that Skylink Aviation College had retained the Sh3.7 million.
Skylink’s CEO, nevertheless, blames Korir for his predicament saying he did not apply for a refund of the money even after directing him to do so.