Babu Owino offers to pay school fees for girl who threatened to commit suicide


Babu Owino offers to pay school fees for girl who threatened to commit suicide
File image of Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino. PHOTO| COURTESY

Embakasi East Member of Parliament (MP) Babu Owino has promised to pay school fees for the 13-year-old girl from Kisumu County who threatened to commit suicide after her parents were allegedly unable to finance her education.

The girl, who sat her KCPE exam this year at Xaverian Primary School in Kisumu Central, scored 391 marks and was selected to join Asumbi Girls in early January 2020.

However, upon realising that her parents could not afford the Ksh.53,544 fee required for the year, the girl, who hails from a humble background, wrote a suicide note.

“I know it is not the only way to solve this problem, but it is the best option for me to take,” read the suicide note, as seen by Citizen Digital on Friday.

The girl’s mother, Lucy Emily Ombok, told the press that her daughter has appeared troubled since the release of the KCPE results.

Taking to social media on Saturday, Babu Owino vowed to ensure the young girl achieves her dreams.

“I will pay school fees for this leaner to ensure she achieves her dreams. A child belongs to the community and I would like to give an opportunity to others the same way I was given through fund raising and through selling Chang’aa. Vanity is Vanity,” said the Embakasi East MP.

Citizen Digital understands that the girl’s parents have received financial pledges from other well-wishers willing to pay school fees for their daughter.

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