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TALES OF COURAGE: How a tragic accident led me to my destiny

Wednesday June 28 2017

Harun Maalim Hassan, executive director at

Harun Maalim Hassan, executive director at Northern Nomadic Disabled Persons Organisation, shares the story of his journey at Nation Centre on June 17, 2017. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO 

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Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. That’s the famous Murphy’s Law. But in my world when I was 28 years old, everything was going to go right. I was an ambitious university graduate with grand political ambitions.

My involvement in student politics as the leader of the Northern Kenya University Students Organisation had whetted my appetite for national politics and I was going to go all the way to the top. Or so I thought.

Until the road accident that spun my life around, seemingly thwarted my lofty dreams and left me desperate to die.

My name is Harun Maalim Hassan and I work as an administrative officer at the Office of the President. I am also a founder member of the Northern Nomadic Disabled Organisation (NONDO).

Let me tell you the story of how I got to be where I am today after a tragic road accident. And it was nothing short of dramatic.

It was March 23, 2007. I was driving with my friends in Mandera. We were heading to Takaba. The rough road had huge potholes. But again, I must have been speeding when the car hit one of the holes, veered off the road, and rolled over several times before landing in a ditch. Unlike my friends, I was not so lucky, since I had not fastened my seat belt. The impact threw me out of the vehicle onto a huge stone.


I sustained serious head injuries and by the time I was p