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Relief for Nafula as MKU offers full scholarship

Mount Kenya University (MKU) has offered to give Milly Nafula, the girl who scored A- 14 years ago and failed to join University a full scholarship to enable her actualize her dreams.

MKU Chairman Prof. Simon Gicharu said the scholarship covers tuition fees for her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery course.

Speaking during the University’s 20th graduation ceremony at the University’s Thika main campus, Gicharu said he was touched by the story of Nafula and that the move would help her actualize her dreams.

“When I saw her story, I asked myself, how can we as Kenyans allow her to stay at home for so many years just because she can’t afford to join university. I would like to inform this congregation that we will give a scholarship to her to be able to actualize her dreams,” he said.

Nafula, 32, a mother of two from Kitale and who works in a Posho mill said in an interview that she really wanted to join University.

She said she did not receive any admission letter from the then Kenya Universities Joint Admission Board (JAB) despite her outstanding performance.

However, Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) has dismissed the claims saying she had been selected to join Moi University in 2008 to pursue a Bachelor of Tourism Management course by the defunct JAB.

She said she wanted to become a medical doctor if given sponsorship.

University Education and Research Principal Secretary Prof. Simon Nabukwesi who was the chief guest at the graduation lauded the University for helping the woman actualize her dreams.

He wondered why administrators from the area failed to realize that the woman failed to join university all those years despite excelling in her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).

“That area has chiefs and their assistants and even church members. Why did they not raise the matter early enough because most of us only came to know about it when the girl raised the concern?” he posed.

By Muoki Charles

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