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City guard’s son beats odds to score high in KCPE

A city guard is celebrating her son’s performance in the KCPE exams.

Adeline Nekesa, who works for a security company after losing her husband when her son was only three years old, is now celebrating the boy’s impressive performance.

Nekesa’s son Joseph Orenga scored 360 marks while studying at a public school in Kitale.

She has had to work as a school cook, hotel cook, house-help among other menial jobs to bring up her two children.

The mother of two who lives in a one-roomed house in Pangani narrated to Nairobi News she she opted to take her son to the village.


“Being a big boy, he could not live with me and my daughter in a one-roomed house so he lives with his grandfather in Kitale where he was studying. I used to send sh2, 000 every month for his school fees and upkeep as I had talked to the teachers to allow me to pay fees in installments,” said Nekesa.

The security guard who works with Senaca Company in the city narrated how when she was widowed back in 2006 she had to do menial jobs to survive.

“I started by taking care of baby class children in a village school earning sh3, 000 a month, then when the school closed down I moved to Naivasha Town where I was employed in a hotel to wash utensils and cook ugali for sh100 a day,” said the city mum.

It was at the hotel where a customer offered her a house-help job in Nairobi for sh5, 000 a month.

“I worked in the Rongai home until three years ago when a friend referred me to Senaca Security Company where I was trained and employed,” she narrated.


Nekesa made sure her son received all the support he needed to stay in school and the boy told her he will ensure he passes and goes to a good secondary school.

“I am now headed to Kitale to celebrate with my family as well as assure him that I will work hard to ensure he goes through secondary school and even university,” said the city mum.

Joseph who admits that his mother has supported him a lot wants to become a teacher or pilot so that he can help his younger sister and mother.