By Obert Sithole
He is the first Zimbabwean to win a gold medal at the Paralympic games in the 100m. He accomplished the feat at the 2000 Sydney Paralympic games in Australia and managed to repeat the feat four years later at the Athens Paralympic games in Greece.
After he lost his right limb in a freak electrical accident in 1998 former Shabani Mine Athletics Club sprinter Elliot Mujaji was left devastated. To him, his dream of competing at the Olympics was shuttered.
However, he did not look longer at the closed door as he shifted his attention to the one that had opened in front of him, the Paralympic games where he shocked all and sundry by winning the gold medal at the games.
Now the Paralympic gold medallist is at it again as he will be traversing the country’s length with four other people. They will be walking 945km from the Chirundu border post to the Beitbridge border post, and they will be walking for six hours each day while planting fruit trees on the way. The team will walk for thirty-five days starting on the second of December.
Mujaji said he has been training hard for this audacious 945km walk.
“I have prepared hard for this challenging journey, and I am physically and mentally ready,” Mujaji said.
“What excites me most is that I will be planting fruit trees on the way, so I will be in my small way helping the future generation.
The importance of this walk is for today and tomorrow, so the ultimate winner will be my country, the continent and the entire world.”