Mercy Tarus, one of the hundreds of students who fell victim to the now infamous Uasin Gishu County Government Oversees Scholarship Programme has been the talk of the town.
This was after the Kabarak University graduate expressed her disappointment with the botched Uasin Gishu student airlift program, as well as the unemployment rate in the country.
During the meeting held at the County Hall, Tarus confronted Uasin Gishu Senator Jackson Mandago with a direct statement.
Tarus gained attention for her outspokenness which saw her receive a job offer from Nark Senator Ledama Ole Kina.
“Mercy Tarus I would like you to work for me… speak your heart …the future belongs to candid youth! Let’s talk,” Senator Ledama said.
But in a quick rejoinder, Tarus clearly said she does not need a job and that what she only needs is to further her studies adding that that’s where she believes her future lies.
She instead told Narok Senator to tell his Uasin Gishu counterpart to refund the money first before agreeing to work for him.
“Mr. Ledama, before we can further this conversation, Talk to your fellow Senators to bring the Uasin Gishu County Government to book and compel them to REFUND rightfully hard-earned money to the Citizens of Kenya. Maybe then, we can talk. Otherwise, I have nothing more to say,” she said.
Tarus, challenged Mandago for what she perceived as dishonesty and stealing from helpless students and parents.
“You are very mean with the truth, you keep lying, you smile at us, with a very smooth tongue and a very soft face that looks like it’s very innocent, but you keep on lying and lying,” she accused.
In the scholarship program, a total of over Ksh800 million was collected from parents within the Financial Year 2021/22 to support the advancement of their tertiary education in Finland and Canada.