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Innovative Coronavirus handwashing machine earns a 9-year-old boy a presidential award

News of a nine-year-old Kenyan boy who recently won a presidential award for his unique handwashing machine has touched the hearts of many.


The boy, Stephen Wamukota from Bungoma County came up with the idea of the wooden handwashing machine after learning on TV about ways to prevent catching the Coronavirus.


They allow users to tip a bucket of water using a foot pedal to avoid touching surfaces to reduce infections.


His father Mr James Wamukota, who repairs electronic goods for a living told the media that his son has always been keen to learn his trade.


He posted his son’s invention on Facebook and was surprised how quickly it was shared, he said.


Stephen said that he wants to be an engineer when he grows up and the county government has promised to give him a scholarship, Mr Wamukota said.


Stephen was among 68 Kenyans given the Presidential Order of Service, Uzalendo (Patriotic) Award on Monday.

As the world continues to grapple with the global pandemic, Kenya has reported more than 2,000 cases of Covid-19 and 69 deaths.

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