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University honours beauty over anti-jigger crusade

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Stevens Muendo

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has crowned former Miss World Kenya beauty queen Cecilia Mwangi this year’s winner of the Distinguished Service Award for her national anti-jigger crusade. The award, which was presented by Vice-Chancellor, Mabel Imbuga at the university on Saturday, comes barely a month after the model (alongside Ahadi Kenya Trust) received an international award for the initiative.

In her speech to hundreds of JKUAT alumni, Prof Imbuga applauded Cecilia as a person "who has used her influence and made an impact in her services to the community worth to be emulated".

And in her speech, the anti-jiggers ambassador challenged the university to set up a research unit to develop a remedy for the jigger menace, which has grounded the lives of hundreds of Kenyans, especially in Central Province.

"The jigger menace is real and needs a collective effort from all. People need to be educated on this issue. But above all, I believe our universities should carry out a study which will lead to the total eradication of jiggers in the country," she said.

The selection of a winner for the coveted award is done through online voting in which Cecilia got a resounding 97 percent of the votes.

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