Moi Girls School fire rescue hero, Mary Mokaya, honoured

Moi Girls School fire rescue hero, Mary Mokaya, honoured

Mary Mokaya, the teen hero who paid the ultimate sacrifice while rescuing her fellow students during the deadly fire that killed girl girls at Moi Girls School in Nairobi was today honoured by the State as a hero.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, in his Mashujaa Day speech paid homage to Mokaya saying “may her name and her example of selflessness, be a shining example to us all.”

Mokaya was one of four people mentioned by name; the late Prof. Wangari Maathai, the late Prof. Ali Mazrui and Joseph Charo Karisa. The others were freedom fighters, Kenya Defence Forces and Kenyan athletes.

“Daily, we see acts of heroism; let us celebrate them today. We remember Mary Mokaya, who saved fellow students from the Moi Girls’ fire, at the cost of her own life. May God rest her soul and that of her colleagues, in eternal peace,” said the head of state.

“Mary’s actions during that tragedy provide poignant lessons for us to reflect upon at this moment in our nation’s history. At the tender age of 14, she sacrificed for the sake of others. Mary’s great act and courage will forever be engraved in our hearts.”

The president announced plans to establish a heroes council which will be responsible “for identifying and coming up with solutions to issues of welfare and support our heres and heroines.”