Sam is now a grown man and has a life of himself but he has had to deal with the trauma of being thrown into a pit latrine when he was an infant by his mother.
Born in Murang’a County, he says that he has battled the hate for women for many years after learning that his mother threw him in a pit latrine and ran away.
Narrating to ‘Ciande-ini cia Wangui wa Muthoni’ YouTube page a few days ago, Sam spoke of the harrowing ordeal that left him with worms on his skin not to mention the burns he sustained from the latrine.
His father was the sole provider but as fate would have it, he engaged in a fight weeks after Sam’s birth and was arrested. He spent time in remand and thereafter, sentenced to a 10-year jail term.
His mother was a housewife and she saw it fit to throw away the young boy and take off because she couldn’t provide for him.
“My grandmother and villagers told me that mum dumped me in the pit latrine and ran away,” he remarks.
Luck was on his side as a woman who supplied them with milk visited the homestead immediately after he was dumped in the pit latrine and noticed a leso hanging from inside the toilet.
She raised alarm and villagers ascertained that it was a baby inside. They brought down the toilet and saved him. He was breathing but had worms and burns all over.
After weeks in hospital, his grandmother was tasked with raising him on orders by the area chief. He was brought up by his grandmother not knowing his mother or father until one day when he was in class six when a man appeared in their homestead asking for his grandmother.
He dismissed him. But the man (his father) returned in the evening.
“At around 6 pm, the man returned and when my grandmother saw him, she screamed in joy and this is when I knew this was my father,” Sam notes.
Sam met his mother a week after meeting his father. His father left for Nyahururu to look for her and found out that she was got married again and divorced but had other kids. Not minding, he brought her back to Murang’a where Sam met her for the first time.
But it left a bitter taste in his mouth.
“Between a child and a parent, there is some form of love you feel when you see them but I didn’t feel it. I viewed her just like any other normal woman.
“I asked her “are you mum? And she told me, maybe they are wrong it is not me’ yet I known it is her. It pained me and I started hating women.”
Sam described her mother as a woman who “had a lot of evil” and did many abhorrent things.