Moses Gift Osinya came to the limelight in 2014 after losing his mother Veronica Osinya in a terror attack at a Mombasa church that left six people dead.
At that time, Gift was photographed cuddling his younger brother Satrine Osinya who had a bullet lodged in his head. Satrine was shot in the head by the same bullet that killed his mother as she tried to shelter him during the raid.
The picture went viral online attracting attention of many after which Satrine was airlifted to Nairobi for removal of the bullet from his head.
Among the many who were touched include Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko who adopted both Satrine and his elder brother Gift.
“The Devil is a liar as he thought that would be the end of their life as their late mother was the soul bread winner (sic) of their family. Today the two are part and parcel of our blessed family and they’ve been a big blessing to us. Happy birthday Gift may you live to blow another 1001 candles. We love you so much,”
Sonko wrote on social media while welcoming the two to his family.In 2016, Gift came to the limelight yet again excelling in his KCPE exams and admitted to Lenana School. Gift was among the top performers with a score of 399 marks out of the possible 500.
“I wish to take this opportunity on behalf of my lovely Wife and on my own behalf to congratulate my adopted son Gift Osinya the boy who rescued his younger brother Satrin during terror attack in which their mother was brutally murdered. Gift scored an A Plain in 2016 KCPE and was today officially enrolled at Lenana School in form one. We pray that the Almighty God continue to bless him and may this be the beginning of a successful academic journey,” Sonko who was Nairobi county’s senator wrote on social media.
Proud of his adopted son’s performance, Sonko awarded him a whopping KSh 399,000 for his impressive results and set aside KSh 2 million for his educational account.
In an emotional message on Gift’s 18th birthday, Sonko maintained that his commitment to serve the poor was genuine dismissing naysayers accusing him of pulling media stunts to woo the public.
“Serving the poor is serving the living God and this is where blessings come from but there are a few dirty minded people who politicise this saying its PR which will not stop me from wishing a happy belated 18th birthday to our adopted Son Gift Osinya. 5 years ago he rescued his younger brother Satrin Osinya from a hail of al-Shabab militants bullets who had opened fire in a church killing their mother instantly,” he wrote on Facebook.
“The Devil is a liar as he thought that would be the end of their life as their late mother was the soul breadwinner of their family. Today the two are part and parcel of our blessed family and they’ve been a big blessing to us. Happy birthday, Gift may you live to blow another 1001 candles. We love you so much,” he added.