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Family's fee nightmare as triplets excel in exam

By Robert Amalemba | April 19th 2021

Shalom Imbaya, a student at St Bridget Kiminini Girls, hands over novels to her triplet siblings Aaron Destiny, Favour Delight  and Amon Divine who scored 410, 407 and 416 marks respectively in this year's KCPE exam. [Mumo Munuve, Standard]

Nearly every parent dreams of their child excelling in exams.

Joseph Ouma who hails from Marachi, Busia County, had similar dreams for his triplets. And the 13-year-olds did not disappoint their father.

Amon Divine scored the highest marks, 416, followed by Aaron Destiny, 410 then Favour Delight with 407.

“The results put them among the top 20 out of the 183 pupils who scored a mean grade of 367 marks at Mumias Central Primary School in Mumias East. The school is located about a kilometre from Shibale slums, where the triplets live,” said Mumias Central head teacher, Francis Obwoma.

The slum majorly houses casual labourers working at the neighbouring Mumias Sugar factory.

The triplets' father Osama worked as a casual at the company but when it started underperforming, he retreated to his rural home in Marachi, Busia County to engage in farming as his wife stayed with the children.

“I had to stay around and see the children through school,” said their mother, Agnes Adhiambo.

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In 2017, Osama's daughter Imbaya Shalom scored 420 marks and is now at St Brigids Girls National School in Kiminini, Trans Nzoia County. The family's biggest worry now is if the triplets will join high school due to the financial constraints the family is facing at the moment. 

“It is by the grace of God that the landlord has not kicked us out because of rent,” said Adhiambo.

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