TEACHERS AND PARENTS PAY TRIBUTE TO GIRLS
Individual tributes were paid to the nine
Moi Girls School students who perished in a fire tragedy three weeks ago during an emotional requiem held at the school on Thursday.
The class teachers, who paid the tributes, described the girls as hardworking and curious about life.
Natalie Nanga, 14, who was in Form 1R, was described by her class teacher, Mr Omulupi, as an outstanding student with a promising future. Natalie’s mother Clare Asiko, in a previous interview with the Daily Nation, described her as “a very friendly child. All my friends would ask me about her”. Whitney Kerubo of Form IT was described by her teacher, Ms Mwilu, as a God-fearing, humble and kind girl. Kerubo, she said, carried herself with utmost decorum and diligently did her school work.
Esther Neema of Form 1N was described by Mr Masya thus: “Your industrious works, ambitious ways and your kindness towards all will be greatly missed.”
Hannah Jeyiso Timado from Form 1N received a tribute from her mother on Facebook in a lengthy and emotional update. “… Jey baby I shared my dreams with you, I mentioned to you all my heart desires but all those desires are now behind my back.”
Mary Jengo, the Form One student who rushed in to save her fellow students and suffered severe burns to which she later succumbed, was popularly known as “Meg” and belonged to Form 1S. Meg was active in sports with a particular liking to basketball and football. “How we dreamt that one day you would join the school team and travel to Cleveland,
US, for basketball tournaments,” she was eulogised by her teacher.
Marcia Otieno of Form 1K was remembered as a girl who excelled in both academics and co-curricular activities. “She was a hospitable girl who made so many friends,” said Mr Okoth, her class teacher.
Hawa Aziz, 13, is remembered by her parents, Mr Aziz Juma and Judy Aziz, as a daddy’s girl who was very jovial and ever smiling. “I formed a bond with Hawa when she was eight months old and that bond will never be broken,” Mr Juma said in an interview.
Alakiir Malong of Form 1S, the daughter of former South Sudan military general Paul Malong, was the class monitor. “Alakiir, you were a great asset to the basketball team. The void you left can never be filled,” said her teacher in a tribute.