Amos Yegon, Samson Yegon and Gideon Yegon have never been apart for the last 13 years.
When the identical triplets at a village in Kuresoi North constituency, Nakuru County arrived at St Patrick’s High School, a national school in Elgeyo Marakwet, there was excitement.
When they sat the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations last year, they surprised everyone after they almost scored the same marks.
Amos scored 362 marks, Samson 357, and Gideon 352 out of a possible 500.
Coincidentally, they were admitted to the same high school. The triplets were brought up by a single mother under very humble circumstances.
Their mother, Lily Chemutai Kalya, said: “During delivery, the boys followed each other after every one minute, with Amos coming first and Gideon coming last, just how their KCPE results reflect,” said Ms Kalya.
Kalya recounted the challenges she had encountered while bringing the boys up. She is a widow.
“It has been difficult for me to raise these children. I have struggled to get money even for basic necessities,” said Kalya.
Mother of seven
She says she was fortunate enough to get support from well-wishers who helped her see the boys past primary school.
Kalya, a mother of seven, said despite the difficulties, the triplets had been a source of hope for her.
Their hardworking nature has endeared them to many. “One of the triplets, Amos, who scored 362, is left-handed. People have nicknamed him Uhuru, after President Uhuru Kenyatta who is also left-handed,” said Kalya.
The triplets attended Moa Primary School in Kuresoi. Their dream is to help their mother once they are done with school.
“I am happy that we have joined St Patrick’s High School, Iten. Our mother is, however, struggling to pay our school fees,” said Amos.
The triplets, who are of relatively same height and complexion, looked impressive dressed in the grey trousers, sky blue long sleeved shirts and maroon ties, the school’s uniform.
One of Kalya’s other children, a son, is in college, while two others are in high school. Her last-born is in Class Eight.
She has called on well-wishers to help her pay school fees for the children.