A Kisii County ward representative shocked a school by apparently sending a condolence card, instead of a success card, to candidates.
The card is said to have been from Ichuni member of county assembly (MCA) Gekonge Mirieri. It was sent to Bogeche Primary School, which is in the ward in Masaba South Sub-County.
A teacher only realised it was a condolence card while preparing to read its message to attentive candidates during rehearsals for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations on Monday.
“We are deeply sorry for the loss. Please accept our heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with your family during these difficult times,” the message on the over stated.
The teacher, who did not want to be named, said the card was delivered in the morning by a villager.
“We got many other cards but as usual, we gave mheshimiwa’s preference only to realise it was a condolence card,” he said, adding they explained to the students that it may have been sent mistakenly.
Parents said they perturbed when they got the news. A photograph of the card was shared widely on social media, with some making fun of the MCA, himself a teacher and proprietor of a school.
John Obegi said Mr Mirieri "paraded his ignorance by sending inappropriate material to children".
“How can an elected leader do such things to our children? This is unheard of. Let him know we are not happy with him,” Mr Obegi said.
Villager John Ogangi said he was stunned.
“It is unheard of for a leader of his calibre to do such a thing," he said.
The school management declined to comment on the matter and referred journalists to the MCA.
Mr Mirieri pointed the finger at his political detractors, saying they replaced his success card to taint his image.
“I cannot do that. That is the work of other people, some of them my former competitors,” he told the Nation by phone on Monday.
He likened the students to his sons and daughters and promised to ask police to investigate the matter and ensure the culprit is punished.