MP Njeri Maina Offers Full Scholarship to High School Student Falsely Accused of Murder

Jane Njeri Maina
Kirinyaga Woman Representative Jane Njeri Maina addressing the county deaf community on Sunday, December 9, 2023, in an event to mark the international week of the deaf.
Jane Njeri Maina

Kirinyaga Woman Representative Njeri Maina has offered a full scholarship to a Form Three student who was falsely accused of murder.

The student was offered a scholarship to complete her high school studies with the promise of being sponsered through her desired course of teaching at the university.

This was revealed during a bursary event on Saturday, April 20, where the Form Three student narrated her struggles of continuing with her education after the murder allegation in 2019 in Muranga County.

In her narration, the student at Kanjo Secondary School detailed that she was arrested after the mother of the deceased accused her of killing her child.

Kirinyaga Woman Representative Njeri Maina overseeing a bursary event on April 20, 2024.
Kirinyaga Woman Representative Njeri Maina overseeing a bursary event on April 20, 2024.
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She revealed that she had just left school when she met an ailing class one student by the roadside and made attempts to rescue the deceased.

"The child had white foam forming around her mouth with her young brother there with her. I helped her and went and told her parents but I learned later on that she passed away while undergoing treatment.

"On Sunday, the mother started making noise around the shopping centre and the village in Ithanga, Murang’a County, claiming that I killed her daughter who was in Class 1 then, at the age of 17 years, I felt overwhelmed and so sad," she stated

However, after taking the police through her side of the story and visiting the alleged scene, she was released. Nonetheless, the murder allegations took a toll on her, forcing her to quit school.

She added that she got married in between and had a baby in the process.

Further, the Form Three student revealed that she still desired to go to school and relocated to Kirinyaga County to pursue her education. It was at this point she learned of scholarships that were being offered by the MP.

"I saw it better to go back to school as I always wanted to be a secondary school teacher after he left us. I came to Kirinyaga where I was linked up with a foster parent who took me and is caring for me.

"I also met the deputy principal of my current school, Kanjo Secondary School, who also started assisting me with schooling," the student stated.

Undated file image of two men in police handcuffs
A file image of two men in police handcuffs after being apprehended in August 2019.
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