KCSE Candidate who Wrote to Uhuru Receives Help

  • Philomena Mutheu penned an emotional letter to President Uhuru.
    Philomena Mutheu penned an emotional letter to President Uhuru.
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  • Machakos Governor, Alfred Mutua responded to the plea of a Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidate after the student penned a heartfelt letter to the President seeking assistance with her Ksh 26,958 fee arrears.

    Philomena Mutheu wrote the letter dated Friday, November 6, urging Uhuru to come to her rescue saying that she was an orphan and had trouble fending for her basic needs. 

    Her school, St Mary's school, Kithangaini, Machakos County, had sent her away a week earlier due to lack of school fees.

    Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua addressing the media from Machakos Stadium on April 20, 2020.
    Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua addressing the media from Machakos Stadium on April 20, 2020.
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    The letter, which went viral on social media, caught the attention of Mutua who addressed Mutheu's situation.

    "I have just seen the saddening letter by school girl Philomena. I feel her pain. When I was in form 2, I dropped out of school for lack of fees and was saved by a church elder who paid for me.

    "I will personally ensure Philomena is back in school and gets to sit for her exams," Mutua noted.

    The governor also pointed out that many students faced a similar predicament to Mutheu's as they lacked the financial boost needed to complete their education.

    "This courageous girl has highlighted the plight of many poor students in all counties all over Kenya where we are supposed to have “free” primary & secondary school," Mutua stated.

    Mutheu's plight is not the first of its kind as other Kenyans have also tried their luck by directly reaching out to the Head of State.

    On February 19, an ailing boy, who was stuck in India, wrote an emotional letter to Uhuru requesting him to aid in raising the Ksh3.5 million needed for brain surgery.

    A week later, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the boy would undergo the surgery after Uhuru's intervention.

    In a similar incident, a 15-year-old cancer survivor had also written a letter to the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, urging her to visit Kenyatta National hospital to see the damaging effects that cancer had caused to the children.

    A teacher and students inside a classroom at Kawangware Primary School, Nairobi, on October 5, 2015.
    A teacher and students inside a classroom at Kawangware Primary School, Nairobi, on October 5, 2015.
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