REUBEN KIGAME: MAN OF VISION AND DETERMINATION
REUBEN KIGAME / “When I tried out in politics some people would even ask where a blind man would take them in leadership. But God having brought me this far I do not regret.”
Reuben Kigame describes himself as a teacher, musician, activist, entrepreneur and politician.
Born in 1966, Kigame suffered from an eye infection, which led to his eyes having cataracts at the age of three - and he became blind.
He is famous countrywide mainly because of his gospel music. But he says he has inborn desire to serve as a political leader and help to fight challenges affecting Kenyans.
In 2013 he unsuccessfully contested for the Governorship in Vihiga County. But has not given up and fully intends to try again in future.
“I guess I was the only one with my kind of disability who tried it out in such level of politics. I have this strong desire to serve the people through elective politics because I believe that I have a unique agenda as a leader,” he says.
In his younger days, Kigame would blame God for his blindness. But he fought off many challenges including stigmatization in many quarters and he proudly declares that his heart and spirit are big enough to accommodate all challenges because, “God had a reason to create me the way I am and he has proved it in my life. I accepted the way I am and moved on”.
“When I tried out in politics some people would even ask where a blind man would take them in leadership. But God having brought me this far I do not regret because it has both advantages and negative sides.”
Kigame owns Tilil Coffee House and Conference Center in Eldoret, Kigame School of Music, Fish FM, Sifa Voices Gospel band and Kigame Music Productions. “One advantage of being blind is that if you decide to frown at me I will not see and hence you will be doing it to yourself,” he explains.
He had a three-pronged approach to transforming Vihiga County: improvement of healthcare, education and putting in place proper programmes on poverty eradication.
“I may be blind but I have a clear vision in leadership not only for the people of Vihiga but for the country,” he says.
Kigame desire is also to push for a better agenda in government for people living with various disabilities.
“They keep on telling us that disability is not inability but this is just a cliché which the government and others use to cover up everything else.”
In September 2006 his first wife Mercy died in road accident at the age 37 and he got remarried to July Kigame. He has four children.
“I MAY BE BLIND BUT I HAVE A CLEAR VISION IN LEADERSHIP NOT ONLY FOR THE PEOPLE OF VIHIGA BUT FOR THE COUNTRY,”
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