Goldalyn Kakuya, became a national sensation after she emerged the top student nationwide in the 2017 KCPE exams. Goldalyn, who is living with Albinism scored 455 out of the possible 500 marks.
Ever since, Goldalyn has been trending on social media, with many castigating her.
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Recently, the bright girl was invited to Masinde Muliro University (MMUST) to the academic ceremony to be rewarded for her exemplary performance but many mistook her appearance at the institution. Rumours went viral that she was invited to give a talk to the graduands leaving netizens trolling her.
MMUST was forced to issue a statement following public outcry over Goldalyn Kakuya’s invitation to its graduation. Here’s the official statement
“STATEMENT ON THE PRESENCE OF MS. GOLDALYN KAKUYA DURING THE 12TH GRADUATION CEREMONY.
The attention of the University has been drawn to erroneous information circulating on social media concerning the presence of Kenya’s best 2017 KCPE student, Ms. Goldalyn Kakuya, during the 12th Graduation Ceremony held at the Main campus on Friday, 15th December 2017.
We would like to clarify that Ms. Kakuya, a former student of St. Anne’s Junior School in Kakamega County, a school close to the University, was invited to the academic ceremony to be rewarded for her exemplary performance. She was not invited as the Chief Guest. She was, indeed, one of the thousands of enthusiastic guests who attended the colorful ceremony where 2891 well deserving graduands were conferred their various Degrees and awarded Diplomas and Certificates from the University of Choice.
We wish to farther clarify that the purported excerpt speech circulating in the media is not a true representation of her short remarks on that day. The correct status is that Ms. Kakuya congratulated the graduands, wished them well and observed the need to be ethical while pursuing different careers. A recording of her remarks is available.
Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology is proud of Ms. Goldalyn Kakuya and supports hard work as a pillar for success, which is, in itself, an ever continuing journey. As an international University located in Kakamega County, Kenya, where Ms. Goldalyn Kakuya hails from, we recognize and reward effort and hard work and shall always continue doing so.
Dr. Bob Mbori PhD
Director, Public Communications
Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology
Sunday, 17th December 2017.”