Nominated Member of Parliament for Special Interest Groups Isaac Mwaura has revealed that his father abandoned his mother the moment the former realised that Mwaura had albinism.
In a candid interview, the last born in a family of two told eDaily that his father was convinced he did not sire Mwaura.
“My dad and mum separated because of me. My father told my mum: ‘This is not a child from our side because in our lineage we have never had such kids. And that was it; he fled! I have never met my dad, by the way. I hear about him and that he lives in Nairobi.
“I can’t really say how I would react when I meet my dad. Perhaps it would be awkward, but as they say: a parent is a parent. I wouldn’t deny the fact that someone is my father. That said, I have a lot of respect and regard for my mother because she did not know anything about albinism. In fact, when she talks, she says she saw a beautiful, brown baby. That’s all! I honestly appreciate her and owe her a lot,” said Mwaura.
“My brother does not have albinism; he is dark. I love him a lot. He now has his family,” added Mwaura.
The legislator, who was born and bred in Kiambu, says despite not having sight problems, he attended an institution for the physically challenged.
“I went to Thika School for the Blind from the time I was four and a half years, obviously because I was born with albinism. I was the best in KCPE in that year and there were prospects of joining Starehe Centre and School, but my mother turned down the offer. So, I went to a secondary school for the blind and later Kenyatta University. I also attended Metropolitan Mandela University where I pursued a master’s degree in Development Studies and later the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom to do another master’s degree in Social and Public Policy. I have two diplomas in theology from the Presbyterian University of East Africa and another from Kenya Institute of Management,” he said.
“When I was born and I was different, my mother was advised by her first cousin who was a teacher at the Thika School for the Blind that they should not be worried about me, and she recommended I go there. I thank God for that decision. I managed to develop some sense of self-esteem. I interacted with kids from across the country. Within the vicinity where I come from, I was the first person living with albinism that people knew about,” said Mwaura.
Challenges of living with albinism
“Growing up around teenage hood was very difficult to define myself. You see, you suffer what you call identity crisis. It was difficult. People treat you like you are a mzungu and you are not, so they will speak to you in English. And then role models for people living with albinism were few and far in between. When I was younger, I used to think when I grew up I would be a woman, and I would wear earrings, and I would be black because I grew up around women: my aunties, mother and grandmother. It was difficult – I was called names when I walked in the estate,” recounted Mwaura.