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Physically challenged Bodaboda rider

30 May 2012, 17:06 Steve Wambugu

Physically challenged people mostly who are in dire need of help have in the past taken to the streets, begging for assistance from well-wishers who usually drop a coin or two to help them out.

But, for Macharia Ngure whose left hand was chopped off, he vowed not to ask for any ones help but take it upon himself to move on with his life.

Macharia Ngure, is a father of three and a plumber by profession, says that he vividly remembers that one Saturday afternoon on February of last year, while busy preparing a nappier grass to feed the dairy cattle’s of where he was employed when that dreadful incident took place that changed his life.

“I remember that one busy Saturday afternoon while preparing feeds for the animals when all over a sudden my left hand was chopped off by the cutting grass machine and that’s when I knew my life would not be the same” said Ngure while looking in disbelief at his remaining hand that was chopped off.

The soft spoken Ngure, says that it was by chance he was able to survive that unforgettable awful ordeal of losing his hand since he was the only person at home at that particular time of the incident, as his employer was at work.

All he can remember before he lost consciousness was blood dripping and a pain that scampered through his spine.

After he recovered, Macharia was left speechless after he learnt he was saved by a 8 year old boy (James) from the neighborhood saved him after calling neighbours when he saw Macharia lying down helplessly.

“James Macharia remains my hero and I thank him for my life because if it was not for him I would have met with my maker on that day” said Macharia.

Ngure is quick to admit that, life at the beginning was a bit challenging since his family and friends stopped seeing him as the man he used to be but rather started taking him as a physically challenged man who can only eat and sleep the whole day without doing anything of great importance.

He adds that, even his professional life as plumber was greatly affected by his chopped hand since there was no client who was ready to trust him with any plumbing job, all in fear of not being able to deliver the services.

“When I came out of the hospital after spending 3 months there, it was a bit of challenging to me because every person kept on feeling pity for me and others referring to me as the disable and even to some of my friends they never used to discuss anything concerning with plumbing work while am there, since they thought I would feel bad about it” said Ngure while igniting his motorbike after spotting an oncoming client towards him at the motorbike stage at Marcy Njeri center where he operates as a Bodaboda.

Little did Ngure know that, his anguish led him to an inspiration to the society. He bought a motorbike from the little money he had saved in his account, a move that marveled many and left others with dismay of how he was going to be operating it.

“After spending so many months without a stable job, I felt it was high time I deed something valuable with myself and to be employed again was not among my list of things I wanted to do and that’s when I opted to buy a motorbike for BodaBoda so as to be able to put food on top of my table.” Said Ngure or Mokorino as many of his clients loves to call him.

If you are thinking it was a walk in the park when Ngure bought his motorbike, then you are very mistaken about that because he says he was faced with countless number of challenges that almost made him think of selling his motorbike at one point when he felt he could not be able take it anymore.

But even with all those challenges still they did not dampen the determination and anxiety of Ngure of making it in life regardless of how people passive him as being as incapable of not being able to deliver to the expectation of people.

“Many people spoke ill about me because when I begun this Bodaboda job not many people thought I could do it but as soon I begun they all went silence.” He said.

For those of you who are wondering like me how he is able to ride the motorbike, Ngure says its very easy to do it that he no longer sees it as an obstacle in attaining his money, as all he needs is to balance the motorbike when he is riding and for the acceleration he normally uses his right hand to accelerate while when applying for the breaks he presses using his severed hand.

The now well known Bodaboda man says it was also a big challenge for him whenever clients would come for some others they would accept to be carried by him while others would fear for their safety but as time passed by, Ngure says they latter come to accept him and they no longer see him as an incapable person but rather a professional in his own unique way.

Today, Ngure says northing stands on his way in arching all his targets, adding that there is no big mountain in life that is too big to climb but it all depends on the power of one’s mind.

Note: There are no pictures of Macharia Ngure because of his religious beliefs but he was willing to share his story.

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