In Summary
  • Ms Pkyach hails from Sangakai, a village in Kacheliba, and is a third-year student at the Jkuat.

  • Her journey to be crowned Miss Tourism has been as exhilarating as it was unexpected.

  • Her father, Mr Ibrahim Pkyach, was equally elated saying his daughter deserved the crown.

Kacheliba is not one of those places one would expect to produce a beauty queen. If anything, the name is more likely to be mentioned in the same sentence as illegal guns, cattle rustling and female circumcision.

The constituency is one of the most remote areas in West Pokot County and lies on Kenya-Uganda border.

Until peace efforts started bearing fruit recently, it was known for banditry between Pokot of Kenya and Karamojong of Uganda.

All this is about to change because the area will now be known as the home of Ms Sarah Chebet Pkyach.

If her name does not ring a bell right away, that is because Ms Pkyach was only crowned Miss Tourism Kenya 12 days ago.

MISS TOURISM WORLD PAGEANT

Ms Pkyach hails from Sangakai, a village in Kacheliba, and is a third-year student at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology. Now, she is getting ready to represent the country during the Miss Tourism World pageant to be held in Zagreb, Croatia in April next year.

As she stood tall during her homecoming celebrations earlier this week, Ms Pkyach declared that times have changed and she is now ready to prove sceptics wrong. For her, the Pokot region is not a place where only cattle rustling and retrogressive cultures flourish.

Her journey to be crowned Miss Tourism has been as exhilarating as it was unexpected.

“I never imagined that one day I would become a winner who is being mentioned by everyone in the country though I had confidence during the county tourism competition,” said Ms Pkyach, who is pursuing a degree in Biostatistics.

DECLARED WINNER

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