Emmanuel Kaniri with his father , Arthur Lung'au
  • Emmmanuel Kanira scored 403 out of the possible 500 marks but lacks fee
  • His father was fired in 20017 after testing positive to HIV/AIDS

Whoever coined the phrase, “Desperate times call for desperate measures” must have had an underprivileged student from Matioli village in Shinyalu constituency, Kakamega County in mind.

Desperate to raise school fees for his secondary education, Emmanuel Kanira, who scored 403 out of a possible 500 marks, is offering his kidney to any patient who is in need, in exchange for school fees.

It’s hasn’t been easy for Kanira, who was forced to drop out of Solio Primary school after his parents separated.

However, a good Samaritan offered to enrol him at Brother Richard Academy, a private school where he studied for free and emerged top of his class.

Emmanuel is supposed to join Nanyuki High School and fears that his dreams of becoming an engineer could be shuttered if he fails to join Form One.

In an interview with The Standard, Kanira said he is willing to sell any of his organs, including his kidney, in order to raise required school fees.

“I applied for scholarships, but was not successful since I came from a private school. What people don’t know is that it was by God’s mercy that I was able to sit KCPE examinations after a well-wisher came to my rescue. Now that I missed out on the scholarships, I am calling upon anyone who needs a kidney transplant to come for one and in return give me school fees,” he said.

Arthur Lang’au, his father was sacked by a phone service provider back in 2007 when he tested HIV/AIDs positive and has not secured any employment since then.

Mr Lung’au told The Standard that the main reason for separation with his matrimonial wife was when it was discovered that they were discordant couples.

“My wife was negative and opted to walk out of the marriage to another man in Nairobi. In was left with three children to take care,” he said. “I am very weak and even my family can go for several days without a meal. The children are the ones feeding me and I’m appealing to well-wishers to come and help me take my son to the school,” Lang’au said.

Hillary Masabila, the head teacher of Brother Richard Academy said Kanira is a disciplined student, saying if he gets a sponsor, his dreams will be fulfilled.

“We took him back to school because he was a bright student. We have been doing everything for him and we are appealing to well-wishers to come and help,” said the head teacher.


Rodgers Wanyonyi with his father Bernard Matasi

Also in desperate need of school fees is Rodgers Wanyonyi Masika who sat for his KCPE exams at Siaka Primary School, West Sang’alo location in Kanduyi constituency and scored 351 marks.

His father Mr Bernard Matasi is a boda boda rider (bicycle) whereas the mother is a house help in Bungoma town.

Rodgers is the second born in a family of 9 kids and too wants to sell his kidney to raise school fees.

“I have all what it takes to become an actuarial scientist, if only I got fees,” he said. His father Mr Matasi told The Standard that he gets between sh200-sh300 per day on a good day, saying motorbikes have robbed them business.

He says he uses the money to buy food for the family and that the proceeds cannot enable him to take his son to school.

To help these two needy students call our News Desk on 0719012914/0719012935.