A celebratory mood engulfed the home of 18 year old South Sudanese student who clinched top position in Uasingishu County with 432 marks.
Maketh Dhieu Mading, orphaned ten years ago through civil wars in South Sudan clinched the victory, emerging the overall winner in Uasingishu county.
Madding led other contenders from privately owned Bright Stars Mentossori, where he enrolled in standard two after relocating from South Sudan.
Speaking to KNA in his Kapsoya home where celebrations were held in honour of his victory, Mading said he braced the hard times and the loss of his parents to emerge victorious.
He thanked all who had helped him to achieve the marks, saying he will live to remember every effort and seed they planted in his life.
“I wish my parents were alive to celebrate with me this victory,” said Mading.
He said he remembers and prays for his home country, saying peace was a prerequisite for development.
“I celebrate my victory with my kinsmen living here in Kenya, and pray that South Sudanese children will have the opportunity to access education like I have here in Kenya,” said Mading.
Bright Stars Mentossori head teacher Abel Lumbete said Mading was a bright and disciplined student, whose efforts have earned him the desires of his heart.
Celebrations continued early in his Kapsoya home as the school management and other South Sudanese nationals gathered to thank God for Mading’s victory.
He hopes to join Alliance High, and eventually train as an engineer.
“My home country needs engineers to help in developing its infrastructures,” Mading said.
By Dan Wanga and Immaculate Maima