TOWARDS A GOOD CAUSE

Why Tuju plans to walk 50 kilometres after freak accident

"My only worry was will I ever be able to walk again?"

In Summary

• This comes a year after he was involved in an accident that almost killed him as he was headed to former President Daniel Arap Moi’s funeral in Kabarak.

• According to the CS, the walk set for June this year will raise funds to purchase modern equipment that will help accident victims get back to their feet.

Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju
Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju
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Jubilee Party secretary-general Raphael Tuju plans to walk for 50 kilometres to raise funds to equip Kijabe hospital.

This comes a year after he was involved in an accident that almost killed him as he was headed to former President Daniel Arap Moi’s funeral in Kabarak.

According to the CS, the walk set for June this year will raise funds to purchase modern equipment that will help accident victims get back to their feet.

"I do about 10 to 20 kilometers three times  week... like today, I will skip tomorrow because of this long-distance," said Tuju.

The fundraiser is to help the hospital he was first rushed to (Kijabe) before he was stabilized and later airlifted to Karen hospital in Nairobi.

The hospital receives a high number of accident victims.

In an interview with Citizen TV, Tuju said that his biggest celebration after the February 12, 2020 accident that left him with 18 broken bones is that he is able to walk again.

"My only worry was will I ever be able to walk again. The biggest celebration for me is that I’m able to walk again," he said.

Tuju recounted that the accident occurred while he was sleeping and one of his lungs was collapsing due to the damage. His intestine was also damaged by the seatbelt, but he still believes the seat belt saved him a great deal.

"I must say the seat belt saved my life," Tuju said.

"The prognosis after my accident was not good, there was just 50 percent or less chance that I would be able to walk again because the damage was on the vertebrae."

The CS without portfolio was involved in a road accident in Nakuru, on February 12, 2020 as he was heading to Kabarak to attend the burial of former late President Daniel Arap Moi.

Tuju's vehicle hit a matatu at Magina area along the Nakuru-Nairobi highway and was rushed to Kijabe Hospital before he was stabilized and airlifted to Nairobi.