14-year-old boy wins don­key race in Lamu Fes­ti­val

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

A 14-year-old boy won the fa­mous don­key race in the just con­cluded 16th Lamu Cul­tural Fes­ti­val that at­tracted more than 150,000 vis­i­tors.

Omar Kombo, a stan­dard four pupil from Ama Pri­mary School, was rid­ing a don­key called ‘Ka­gala’. Last year, he emerged sec­ond in the race.

Kombo braved his way to vic­tory, beat­ing 38 com­peti­tors in the tightly con­tested race. His don­key had been spon­sored by the Kenya Air­ports Au­thor­ity.

Kombo won Sh50,000 and a re­turn flight to Nairobi from Jambo Jet.

Lamu Gover­nor Issa Ti­mamy said he will spon­sor Kombo’s two-day stay in Nairobi to en­able him to en­joy his vic­tory.

An ex­cited Kombo cel­e­brated with his fam­ily. Asked about his se­cret to vic­tory, Kombo said it was through prac­tice and con­fi­dence.

“I have been prac­tis­ing at night for the past five days,” Kombo said.

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