Lamu Governor Fahim Twaha Clears Fees for Bungoma Girl

Hope for Diana Nyokabi as Lamu Governor pays her fees and Kenyans rally behind her

By Ivy Maloy

Lamu Governor Fahim Twaha has paid the full year fees for Diana Nyokabi, the Bungoma pupil who scored 402 marks in last year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), but was on the verge of losing out a chance to join form one, over lack of fees. On Thursday morning, Governor Twaha paid Sh53, 000 to Bungoma DEB headteacher Tobias Khisa, who had appealed for help, on behalf of Ms Nyokabi.

On Wednesday, her family said she may have had to repeat Standard Eight after ms Nyokabi knocked out of the County Scholarship Programme under unclear circumstances. The pupil, who sat KCPE at Bungoma D.E.B Primary School, was set to join Moi Girls’ High School, Eldoret.

The county scholarship programme, the family says, was her only hope to clear the Sh53,554 fee required. Her mother, Priscila Nyanchera, a hawker in Bungoma town, said she was saddened that her daughter was no longer on the list of beneficiaries even after she was picked by county officials in May.

Her hopes were dashed on Monday when Governor Wycliffe Wangamati unveiled the list of beneficiaries and her daughter’s name was not among them. When they tried to enquire what had happened, Ms Nyachera said, a county official said they had determined that she could pay school fees on grounds that she was a landlord.

“A landlord where now? I am a tenant who struggles to pay Sh3,000 rent,” Ms Nyanchera says. She says she has another child at Friend’s School Bokoli, and that settling both their fees will be a huge pain for her. “I am humbly appealing to anyone who can assist me educate my child to come out and support me. I am so worried since I do not know what to do and it’s only four days to Form One admission,” Ms Nyanchera says.

Her daughter, Nyokabi, wants to join the Eldoret-based academic giant, she said, and go on to become a lawyer. “My parents are unable to pay my fees and they are now forcing me to repeat Class Eight,” the minor told Nation.Africa. Mr Khisa described her as a hard-working girl who was among the best in the county.

“She was so happy when she came here with her mother to collect her calling letter to Moi Girls Eldoret, and we were very happy since she had also been picked to benefit from the County scholarship programme. How her name was later removed from the list and is still not known why,” she said.

Hundreds of Kenyans Hundreds of Kenyans, including musician Akothee, have rallied in support of the girl to enable her join Moi Girls’ High School in Eldoret. The singer urged Kenyans to contribute to ensure that a deserving student could attend high school.


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