Raphael Tuju has opened up on a grisly accident he suffered in February 2020 while heading to the burial of former President Daniel Moi.
The Jubilee secretary-general described it as the most painful moment of his life as 18 bones in his body were broken.
According to him, he was deep asleep when his vehicle was involved in a head-on collision with a passenger vehicle heading to Nairobi.
A chopper was sent from the Wilson Airport to transport Tuju to a hospital in Nairobi but he was too week, thus admitted to nearby Kijabe Mission Hospital.
“Calls were made and a helicopter was sent from Wilson Airport to pick me. But I was bleeding profusely, doctors said I couldn’t make it to Nairobi, chopper or no chopper,” Tuju told Citizen TV’s Stephen Letto.
Among the bones that broke was 13 ribs, where one pierced into his right lung causing him breathing difficulties.
“One rib pierced my right lung, and it was very painful but they could do nothing about it. There was this nurse at Kijabe who boarded the aircraft and helped me to breathe by pumping oxygen using a valve,” he said.
This was not the first time Tuju was involved in a grisly accident.
In 2003 the CS was involved in another grisly accident after a 24-seater plane from Busia Airstrip, heading to Kisumu hit a power line after take-off.
“I survived a plane crash before but this was more difficult. I had more injuries than in the plane crash. The power line prevented us from hitting the roof of a house, which could have a more severe impact,” he recalled.
After his accident, Tuju observed that Kijabe Hospital lacks basic medical equipment and is on a course to walk for 50 kilometers to help equip the facility.