, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 20 – Mary Mokaya, the Moi Girls’ student who saved students from the fire at a cost of her own life has been termed as a hero by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Speaking during this year’s Mashujaa Day celebrations, President Kenyatta said her actions during the tragedy provide lessons for Kenyans to ponder upon during the ongoing events in the country.
“May he name and her example of selflessness is a shining example to us all. At a tender age of 14, she sacrificed for the sake of others. Mary’s courage and great acts will remain in our hearts and all of us should use her great example of thinking about others before self,” President Kenyatta told the crowd.
Mokaya woke up and guided her distressed colleagues out of danger after the fire broke out.
She suffered 66 percent burns and was admitted in an isolated ICU Ward at the Nairobi Women’s Hospital where she died two days later.
Others who were recognized include Joseph Kyalo Karissa who donated 2 acres of family land for the construction of Jimba Water Plant which now serves 5,000 people and over 40,000 livestock with reliable water supply.
Nobel Laureate and environmental and political activist Professor Wangari Mathai, academic professor and political writer Professor Ali Mazrui and the country’s sportsmen and women were also recognized for their work in the country.
This year’s Mashujaa Day celebrations comeS seven years after the promulgation of the new constitution which renamed former Kenyatta Day to Mashujaa Day to commemorate Kenyan heroes.