- CS Magoha said he will fund Yvonne Mwende’s entire secondary school education.
- The mother, however, insists that the family is still struggling in life.
after Cabinet Secretary George Magoha’s visit to her home during the mop-up exercise, Virginia Nduko’s family was thrust into the limelight.
Her daughter Yvonne Mwende, who became a beneficiary of the government’s 100% transition policy became the subject of discussion in Mukuru Kwa Njenga slums.
Mwende’s story was unique from her peers. At 15, she got pregnant and is currently a lactating mother who has to juggle motherhood with ‘mandatory’ secondary education.
Magoha extends a helping hand
Mama Mwende narrated how the tough-talking Magoha insisted that her grandchild should not be the reason why her daughter’s secondary education comes to an abrupt end.
Speaking to TV47 Digital, Mama Mwende expresses her gratitude following Magoha‘s pledge to bankroll her daughter’s tuition fees even after he leaves his CS position.
The emotional mother narrates how it was not until the third trimester that she learned of her underage daughter’s pregnancy. While she embarked on a mission to resolve the issue with the father’s family, they became defensive and dismissive forcing the financially stretched grandmother to take up full responsibilities.
“baba ya huyu (grandson) alitoroka, wakati Mwende alipata mimba, hakuniambia, alinificha akiniambia late akiwa amebakisha miezi tatu azaliwe…so vile nilijua,nikatoka hapa hadi kwa mzazi wa huyo kijana nimwongeleshe tujue vle tutafanya…alinijibu akaniambia nitafute kijana wake, nimwambie hio maneno yeye hataki maneno,” she recounts.
Mama Mwende: “I’m still struggling with life”
While she is relieved that her daughter’s education problem has been taken care of, Mama Mwende says she is up to her neck with other problems that she is confronting.
She confided in our reporter how her family lives from hand to mouth as she is a casual laborer.
“Me hutoka na yeye (grandson) naenda kutafuta kibarua ya kufua manguo,saa zile nikona pesa nanunua maziwa nampea mtoto. Wakati sina naomba kwa majirani wananisaidia, changamoto napitia ni mingi juu nikikosa kazi narudi tunalala njaa…,” she says.
She is now calling upon well-wishers to offer her a meaningful job so that she can sustain her grandson’s upkeep.
“…ata kaa kuna uwezo naeza pata kulipiwa hii nyumba naeza tu omba nikue nikilipiwa tu hii nyumba. Mimi kwanza kwa upande wangu chenye naomba ni kama mtu anaweza nipa kazi naeza fanya, naeza furahia sana.”