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Meet Hon Harold Kipchumba. He is a polio survivor and today a nominated Senator. At the age four (4)

he was abandoned by parents after developing polio, a preventable disease. The father counted him

cursed while the mother new he had been bewitched. Malachi Motano listens to his journey of hope.

I was born over 50 years ago. I used to run a lot in fact I had a brother who used to call me names every

time I beat them when playing. I was just a young boy and I believe I did everything my age mates were

doing. When I was four years old, my legs started growing weaker day after the other. At some point

they could not even support me. Every time I tried running I could fall and my Mum had to be called to

carry back home.

According to Hon Kipchumba, at that time
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That was not the end of the journey for Kipchumba. The Catholic Church Mission took him to Nyabondo

home for crippled children. I stayed for fifteen years before returning home. It was while at the

children’s home that my life began to change. I went through catholic mission schools. I was the first

child living with disability that joined the scout’s movements.

The young Kipchumba later joined Alliance high school where he studied for his A and O levels. Being

again the only student with disability in the whole school, challenges did not end. I used to find it

difficult to operate normally like the ‘normal’ students. There were stairs, other students would carry

water to the abolition block and do very many things that I could not. At some point the Head teacher

attempted to transfer me to a special school but I refused

The determined Kipchumba managed it at Alliance, and continued to the university. Today with other

colleagues living with different disabilities formed Baringo society for people living with disabilities.

I am today a strong Polio advocate. Together with my colleagues living with disabilities, we
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