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Tim Wanyonyi: How Nairobi Thugs Paralyzed Me To Wheelchair

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Westlands Member of Parliament (MP) Tim Wanyonyi recounted the chain of events including an incident 24 years ago that saw him confined to a wheelchair permanently.

Speaking to Citizen TV‘s Jeff Koinange on Wednesday, May 11, the city lawmaker revealed that he was returning home from the workplace of his elder brother Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula, at a law firm, Wetangula and Company Advocates, when the incident happened.

Fresh from college, Wanyonyi was at Ngara, Nairobi when a group of carjackers ambushed and shot him.

Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi. /THE STAR

“I was shot by carjackers one evening when I just left work and I was going home…some fellows accosted me somewhere in Ngara. That was in 1998,” he narrated.

“They shot me and that is it. My life transformed from a young vibrant lawyer to a wheelchair.”

Wanyonyi would receive worse news when doctors had informed him that he was not going to walk again as he suffered a permanent spinal cord injury.

He had returned to work after denying for almost one year that he would never walk again, but things took a different turn. He was not only rejected at his workplace but also saw nearly all his clients taken away from him.

“Things had changed. Nobody was looking at me the same way as I was there including the people who were my colleagues at work. All my clients were taken away so I could come to the office from morning to evening doing nothing,” he narrated.

He decided to quit after one year to commence his own practice, Tim Wanyonyi and company Advocates Commissioner for oaths. His boost came when some of his clients reached out to him.

“After one year I informed my brother I’m leaving to start my own practice. He thought I was joking and I resigned and left and set my own practice. Lucky some of my clients followed me, they gave me the fighting spirit,” Wanyonyi indicated.

He added that the process to accept his new condition was a tough one as he had to be taken to rehabilitation during the healing process that saw him change his own perception.

“It is very difficult to transform from one condition to another. It can lead to depression, self-denial, and many other things. When you go through the process of healing, it takes quite some time. Healing the mind is the most difficult thing,” he added.

Wanyonyi would later achieve another milestone when he vied for the parliamentary seat under the ODM ticket and won.

His bid for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat hit a snag after discussions held with Azimio la Umoja- Kenya Kwanza Coalition leaders. He backed out of the race in favour of Azimio candidate Polycarp Igathe and will battle United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate, Nelson Havi.

Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi (left) and Jubilee Party Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant Polycarp Igathe after a meeting on Thursday, April 28, 2022. /TIM WANYONYI

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