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KU supports families of deceased students

Kenyatta University has provided financial assistance to the families of 11 students who tragically lost their lives in a recent road accident.

The 11 students were among a group of 58 who were heading to Mombasa for an academic trip when one of their school bus collided with a trailer at Maungu in Voi.

The 11 were among a group of 58 others heading to Mombasa for an academic trip before their school bus collided with a trailer.

The university, represented by Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wainaina, disbursed a total of Sh2 million to the bereaved parents during a solemn ceremony.

Professor Wainaina expressed gratitude for the generous contribution of Sh2 million donated by President William Ruto during a requiem mass.

He highlighted the ongoing support received from various benefactors nationwide, emphasizing the collective effort to aid those affected by the tragedy.

Each parent received a cheque amounting to Sh181,818.

Professor Wainaina acknowledged that the situation in the university has been very hard noting that students and staff are trying to come back to the terms.

Wainaina revealed that most of the students hospitalized have been discharged noting that only three students remain hospitalized, with one in critical condition.

“While the incident deeply shook our institution, we are resilient and committed to supporting those affected,” Professor Wainaina affirmed.

He further announced that Kenyatta University will on coming Sunday hold an inter-faith event which will be officiated by Dorcas Gachagua, the wife of the Deputy President, as a symbol of solidarity and healing.

Additionally, Wainaina said that the funds donated will be utilized to aid the recovery of students noting that the distribution will be done clearly and transparently.

Samuel Mureithi, father of the late John Mbereri, expressed gratitude for the university’s support in coping with their profound loss.

Reflecting on his son’s vibrant personality and promising future, Mureithi lamented the untimely end of a cherished son and friend.

“In the face of tragedy, Kenyatta University has provided us with solace and support as we navigate this painful journey. My son’s memory will forever live on in our hearts,” Mureithi shared, echoing the sentiments of many grieving families.

The 11 who died in the accident are Navile Omondi Opiyo, Beneas Otieno, Hellen Mbula Kisilu, Michael Muteti, Vallary Akinyi Ouma and Oslo Mwendwa.

Others are Felix Gori Nyaata, Austine Omondi Owino, Rodger Kiprotich Rono, John Mbiriri Mureithi and Patricia Murugi Mwangi.

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