DR ZACKARY KIMOTHO, the face behind the ‘ Bring Zack Back Home’ campaign, has now become a household name. But not many people know the heart-wrenching story behind his life. KIUNDU WAWERU caught up with him in Namanga
It’s business as usual at a hotel along Namanga Road as patrons stream in for lunch. The air is aromatic and the waiters are busy taking orders.
Dr Zackary Kimotho. (Photo:Courtesy)
A man approaches the reception wheeling his wheelchair. The man is Dr Zackary Kimotho the legendary man behind the ‘ Bring Zack Back Home’ campaign a brainchild of the Kenya Paraplegic Organisation and corporate sponsors.
Zack is on his way to South Africa because that’s where the nearest spinal cord injury rehabilitation centre is located.
To meet his target of raising Sh250 million for the construction of a modern spinal injury facility in Kenya, Zack wheels an average of ten kilometres a day in his quest to cover 4,000 kilometres to South Africa.
By the time of this interview on June, 30, Zack had covered about 80 kilometres since the campaign started on June 9.
“I hope things will change in this country,” says the man who has become a household name. “Our buildings and our people are not sensitive to the needs of disabled people,” he adds.
Zack is determined to change the plight of the disabled.
So just who is Zack and how did he get himself as the face of this campaign?
Zack is the quintessence of suffering and courage.
As a member of the Kenya Paraplegic Organisation, he learned there was to be a fundraising mission to South Africa, to help build a spinal injury rehabilitation and trauma centre in Nairobi.