Breaking it down to limb by limb and bone by bone, a brave Raphael Tuju gives the impression of one talking about a lose screw or an unfastened cog within an old mechanical clock. One wouldn’t imagine that the Jubilee Party Secretary General is actually explaining his damaged body parts, and how each dislocated ligament thrust itself into other organs, tearing his internal sections, and turning his body into a horrific bloody mangled mess, more wrecked than the crushed car he had been riding in.
Raphael Tuju has, for the first time, come out to share the horror that he went through when he had his much talked about road accident.
In February 2020, disturbing breaking news hit the headlines across all leading media houses that the Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju had been involved in a horrific road accident along the Nakuru-Nairobi road as he was on his way to the former president, Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi’s funeral.
Though it is now years since the accident, the impact that it had on him is not only still visible, but tangible too. As the cabinet member prepares to embark on a 50 kilometers walk, he puts on knee-braces. He has to do this since his knees were badly damaged in the accident.
Tuju narrates that in the accident, he suffered 13 broken ribs, but that wasn’t even the worst part. One bone pierced his lung, and breathing became such a tall order. As he was airlifted to Kijabe hospital and rushed into the emergency room, he is thankful for the First Aid team and the quick response unit that helped to save his life.
He specifically remembers a particular female attendant who kept blowing oxygen into him using a hand pump for the entire duration of the trip until he was safely in the hands of doctors in the hospital.