Chavakali High School student photo

Chavakali High School on the spot after a form two student sent home for school fees compelled to spend the night of Wednesday, September 1 with a night guard outside a bank in Kakamega town after strolling 32 kilometres from the school towards his home in Trans Nzoia county.

Known as Linus, the student said he began the journey from Chavakali at 3 pm without a single cent not knowing where he was heading.

“I determined to walk because I had no one to ask bus fare to my village. I got to Kakamega at around 7 pm and reached a watchman who was manning one of the banks because it was getting late and I feared for my life,” the student said.

The watchman took the student and bought him a cup of tea and mandazi for dinner while narrating the ordeal.

At around 10 PM, the student said a lady identified as Eunice Nechesa passed by the bank and saw him sitting with the night patrol and enquired why he was not in school.

“I thank the lady who took me to her home in Lurambi and notified my parents of the situation I was in,” Linus said.

 The student added that he reunited with his parents in the morning heeding the phone call by the good Samaritan.

Simon Juma the guard who salvaged the boy said he was surprised to see the schoolboy lingering around town during wee hours.

“I am still startled that the MP of the constituency where this boy comes from could not offer him bursary fund. I have learned that Cherengany MP Joshua Kuttuny is an active leader who takes care of his people’s necessities yet he can’t solely help this child,” Juma said.

“As a parent, I felt it,  and that is why I agreed on taking him to my home. I appeal for the intervention of well-wishers to step in and help the boy,” Nechesa said.

The school principal John Walutere switched off his phone after learning about the incident.

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