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The day Uhuru wept after he saw Sakuda in a wheelchair

“I was really touched by the kindness of the people of Kajiado and their leaders, who set aside their political differences and come to my aid. That showed me that my contribution in this county is really valued,” he explains. “When you do good, good will always find you.”

After he got discharged from hospital, Sakuda, the former Kajiado West MP, got word that President Uhuru Kenyatta was scheduled to preside over a function in Ngong. The former legislator, who had always been close to the president contacted a few protocol guys in the president’s circles, and told them he needed to meet the president.

“They decided that my wheelchair would be placed at a strategic position, where the president would see me once he embarked from his vehicle,” he explains.

Well, he was not prepared for the president’s reaction when he saw him. “The president was so shocked when he saw me in that sorry state, he actually shed tears and demanded to know why he hadn’t been told of my condition earlier,” adds Sakuda.

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The president instructed Kinuthia Mbugua, the State House Comptroller, to meet to Sakuda’s immediate needs, while he promised to do something when he returned from the Sagana II meeting.

Unknown to Sakuda at time, leaders in Kajiado had organised a harambee to offset the hospital bill and to ensure that he goes for specialised treatment abroad.

The harambee at his home in Kimuka, which was presided over by Governor Joseph ole Lenku, netted over sh10 million, which included sh3 million from the president.

Other contributions included governors Lenku and Samuel Tunai (Narok), who contributed sh1.5 million each, and sh500,000 from DP Ruto. Kenyans in the US also contributed generously.

“I was really touched by the kindness of the people of Kajiado and their leaders, who set aside their political differences and come to my aid. That showed me that my contribution in this county is really valued,” he explains. “When you do good, good will always find you.”

After the harambee, Sakuda left for the US for specialised observation. Doctors in Lancaster Pennsylvania conducted tests on Sakuda and gave him a clean bill of health. “That was the best news I heard in a long while,” says Sakuda with a bright smile.

He clarified that contrary to widely held speculation, he never was diagnosed with cancer.

After the good news from the doctors, Sakuda’s brothers in the US, had wanted him to stay a bit longer as recuperated, but he had other ideas. “I was itching to come back home, invite people to join me in thanking God for rescuing me from the pits of death,” he said.

The thanksgiving event was held at his home on December 16, last year.

Tomorrow: Sakuda reveals who ‘stole’ his victory in the 2017 Jubilee nominations

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