The girl lives with her grandmother at Mtomondoi in Mtwapa since she was aged 10 years after escaping numerous attempts of being married off by her father.
By Ivy Maloy
Despite scoring 400 marks in the last KCPE exams, Fatuma Kwekwe Mongo is yet to join Form One due to lack of school fees The young girl from Kwale county ran away from home after her father tried to marry her off twice She is seeking help from well-wishers to help her join Butere Girls High School where she was placed. The 16-year-old girl escaped two attempts by her father to marry her off.
The girl lives with her grandmother at Mtomondoi in Mtwapa since she was aged 10 years after escaping numerous attempts of being married off because she wanted to go to school. Kwekwe said she sought refuge at her grandmother’s house from where she was able to attend school, but she is now sick and jobless, and therefore unable to pay her school fees.
Despite the chaos that has dogged her young life, Kwekwe got two straight As and three A-minuses, with her dream being to become a medical doctor.
Mr Kai, the headteacher at Kwekwe’s former primary school Havilah Academy confirmed that he wrote to the Mtwapa Police Station when the girl’s father tried to force her out of school.
It was a move that gave her grandmother the right to retain her, which essentially means she cannot turn to her father for educational support. Her grandma, Dama, added that Kwekwe has not been to her parents’ home since 2015 after the father protested against her persistence in pursuing education.
Dama has, however, been bogged down by acute ulcers in the recent past, which forced her to stop her food vending business that enabled her to pay fees for her granddaughter. Appeal for Assistance Kwekwe’s grandma and former headteacher Kai are appealing to people of goodwill and corporates to assist her to achieve her goal.
The headteacher noted that Kwekwe is a hardworking and disciplined girl who needs to be assisted.