DR JOSEPH IMBUNYA: A SON OF VIHIGA, DARING ABROAD
DR JOSEPH IMBUNYA / Because of his dedication to duty, Botswana’s Ministry of Health recognised and appreciated his contribution in the health sector and awarded him a private practice license in 2004. He opened a private medical practice in February 2004
Dr Joseph Imbunya’s 1998 trip to Botswana was a simple matter of looking for greener pastures.
He was then a medical superintendent at Nakuru’s Menengai Nursing Home and he was in dire need for a new challenge in life.
Luck knocked at his door when he came across an advert in one of the daily newspapers. The Botswana government was looking out for medical experts to run its hospitals.
He did not think twice. He submitted his application, was shortlisted, interviewed and given the job.
This would start his sojourn down south that had catapulted him into becoming an investor and proprietor of the private hospital in Gaberone by 2004.
“Investing in Botswana has been such a pleasant and rewarding experience,” says the medic who once served as broadcast doctor on KBC radio.
“I got an opportunity to showcase my potential in the medical field while gaining valuable insights on how to tap into my profession in terms of investment.”
Because of his dedication to duty, Botswana’s Ministry of health recognised and appreciated his contribution in the health sector and awarded him a private practice license in 2004.
He opened a private medical practice in February 2004 which operates to this day.
“My name was no stranger to the would-be clients. My ability and potential in the medical field needed no advertisement to the people of Gaberone,” he says.
The health facility is well serviced with trained medical personnel as well as auxiliary staff sourced both locally and from the other surrounding SADC countries. It offers general medical practice, family medicine, radiology. The hospital has a patient database of more than 55,000.
“The environment is favorable for the growth of my investment. This is because the medical insurance scheme in this country is quite rigorous, elaborate, well administered and organized for both civil servants and the private sector.”
In the last ten years, the doctor and his wife, Jane, also a medical doctor, have endeared themselves to their community back home.
They have constructed churches; they educate the needy as well as take care of elderly neglected by the community. He is planning to return home with the desire to help transform the community in Vihiga county.
“Offering myself for leadership is as good as giving a solution to the transformation of the county,” he quips.
He is consulting the elders on the exact position he will contest in 2017.
“OFFERING MYSELF FOR LEADERSHIP IS AS GOOD AS GIVING A SOLUTION TO THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE COUNTY.”