Mumias girl, 18, dies two days before KCPE exam

Maureen Echesa,a girl set to write her KCPE exam on Tuesday is dead, the second candidate to die at the weekend.

She hails from Mwibwi village in Lureko location, Mumias and complained of a headache on Friday.

Her grandfather Vincent Echesa said the 18-year-old girl was given medication. “But she was worse the following morning,” he said.

Vincent said Maureen was taken to St Mary’s Hospital on Saturday morning but she died on the way.

“As a family, we accepted the fate and felt we should not disturb her classmates with funeral activities. We shall bring her body back home for burial on Saturday,” Vincent said.

Lureko Primary School head teacher George Ngaywa said the school had registered 96 candidates, but two died.

“Early in the year, we lost the index 81 candidate and on Saturday we lost another girl, index nine, who had prepared well for her exam,” Ngaywa said.

He said both girls complained of a headache shortly before they died. Ngaywa said the shaken candidates have been counselled.

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