My name is Zack Kimotho. I was born in Kigumo in Murang’a County 43 years ago. I was a normal child, grew up normally and joined primary school in 1975. I was one of the brightest pupils and I was never ranked below position 3 in my class.1968
I sat for CPE in 1981 and joined Nyeri High School the following year. I continued to excel in my studies and was admitted to Nakuru High School for “A” Levels 4 years later.1981
I was admitted to the University of Nairobi for a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine course and my career life took a definite shape. I was full of hope when I finally graduated with honours in 19941994
I made another great step in my life when I joined Cooper Kenya as a Sales and Technical Representative.1999
Life got even merrier the following year when I married my sweetheart Doris Wawira. One year later were blessed with a baby boy whom we named Daniel.2000
2002 marked another milestone in my career life when I joined Highchem Veterinary Limited. So far, my life was on the up-and-up in all aspects.2002
Then triple tragedy struck. In 2003 the cruel hand of death robbed me of my beloved wife. And as if that was not enough, I lost my job as well. I was still mourning the death of my wife and trying to figure out what my life had come to when yet another tragedy struck. This one transformed my life forever- and for worse! All I remember is a bullet tearing through my shoulder, through my spine all the way to the other shoulder. From that moment I’ve never stood up or walked again. It’s now over nine years since I was confined to a wheelchair. There are lots of things that I used to do for myself-things that I took for granted-things that I can no longer do. I believe, with proper treatment and rehabilitation, this should not be the case.2003
- Bring Back Zack Back Home was launched on Saturday 9th June 2012 by Bob Collymore The Chief Executive Officer Safaricom Limited, assisted by Dr. Abbas Gullet Secretary General Red cross and Dr. Julius Kipng’etich the then Managing Director of Kenya Wildlife Services. The campaign lasted for one month.
- I would like other spinal injury patients to benefit from the treatment I never got. Together, you and I, we can make it a reality. Ksh. 250 million is all we need. That’s why I’m making this 4,000 km trip on my wheelchair to South Africa where the nearest rehabilitation center is located, not only to seek treatment but to also raise funds for a Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre here in Nairobi.
His Excellency Hon William Ruto The Vice President of The Republic of Kenya presided over the laying of the Foundation Stone of the Kenyan Paraplegic Organization Chandaria Spinal Injury Rehabilitation and Trauma Centre in Kajiado on Saturday 18th August 2013 an event that brought together many Kenyans to witness the public commissioning of construction of the project they had contributed to.2013