Raphael Tuju airlifted to Nairobi after operation in Kijabe

Raphael Tuju airlifted to Nairobi after operation in Kijabe
The police chopper that airlifted Raphael Tuju from Kijabe Mission Hospital to Nairobi on Wednesday

Raphael Tuju has been airlifted to Nairobi following the accident that left him with serious injuries on Wednesday morning.

According to Dr. Ken Muma,  the CEO Kijabe Mission Hospital, Tuju underwent an operation that stabilised him for the flight.

He confirmed that the hospital received 18 patients adding that: “Most of them sustained minor injuries.”

Dr. Muma was accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Amina Mohammed and Joe Mucheru.

According to police, the accident occurred after a matatu tried to overtake a personal vehicle that was stationary.

“All the injured were rushed to Kijabe Mission Hospital where they are admitted in stable condition apart from the matatu driver who is on life support,” the police report reads.

The matatu driver is said to have got into the lane where Tuju’s car was coming from and there was a head-on collision.

Tuju was reportedly seated on the back left of his Toyota Land Cruiser while his driver rode shotgun.

The police report also indicated that Tuju sustained chest and abdominal injuries while his driver suffered a fractured hand.

Tuju’s bodyguard suffered a fractured foot.

They had been travelling to Kabarak for the funeral of the late Mzee Daniel arap Moi.

On Wednesday morning, Tuju’s family was airlifted from the Wilson Airport to the Kijabe hospital to go and be with him.

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