TEACH­ERS AND PAR­ENTS PAY TRIB­UTE TO GIRLS

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS -

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.

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