Dr. David Sankok is a well-known opinion leader and politician in Kenya who is from Narok County. He has served in the Kenyan National Assembly as a representative for people with disabilities (PWDs).
Earlier in his career, he had held the position of head of the National Council of Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD).
He surprised everyone by announcing, just prior to the general elections in 2022, that he will be leaving politics “to allow other individuals with disabilities an opportunity to make a difference in parliament” and to concentrate on his personal life instead of continuing his political career.
David Ole Sankok is a devoted family member who has never been bashful about sharing his affection for his children and wife with others.
Before he ever began his studies at the university, he tied the knot with his future wife, Hellen Seiyanoi Sankok, when he was just 21 years old.
Hellen was still a student at Ole Tipp Ladies when Sankok first met her, and he went on to begin a romantic relationship with her.
But, because of his paralysis, he viewed the relationship with some degree of skepticism.
They were honored with the gift of having six children: two daughters and four sons, with one of their sons, Hillary Memusi Sankok, passing away.
On one social media platform, the family of David Ole Sankok is referred to as “the only family in the entire world that loves persons with disabilities from the deepest part of their souls.”
The death of Memusi Hillary Sankok, the son of David Ole Sankok, took place on May 2, 2022 when he was 15 years old.
In the family, he was the fourth child to be born.
Memusi was shot only once in the head and died in his family’s house in Ewaso Nyiro, which is located in Narok County. He shot himself in the head with the gun that belonged to his father.
It was rumored that Memusi and his father had arguments on the latter’s son’s academic performance in school.
On the other hand, the specific reason he is said to have suicidal thoughts has not yet been identified.
When he passed away, Memusi Sankok was in the fourth form at Kericho High School, which he had attended previously.
David Ole Sankok started his elementary school in 1985 at Ole Sankala Primary School and completed it in 1991. He then moved on to Kericho High School for his secondary education and finished it in 1995. During his senior year of high school, he held the position of school captain for a brief period of time.
After that, in 1998, he became a student at the illustrious University of Nairobi, where he focused his studies on medicine and surgery.
When he was still a student at the institution in the year 2000, he won the election to become the chairman of the Student Organization of Nairobi University (SONU). Because Sankok’s daughter Naserian was born on the same day as his inauguration, this was a momentous occasion for him.
On the other hand, he was only chairman of SONU for a total of seven months before his position was eliminated. A dispute with the administration on the establishment of concurrent degree programs led to the suspension of the program. As a direct consequence of this, he was expelled from the university for a period of fifteen years.
In addition to that, David Sankok presided over the Nairobi University Association of the Handicapped as its chairman. After the suspension, Sankok was detained a total of 11 times over a space of seven months, and he received death threats on three separate occasions; these occurred in the cities of Kericho, Thika Road, and Narok.
As a consequence of this, he was forced to go to Norway, where he enrolled at Bergen University and eventually graduated from there with a diploma in medical research in the year 2003.
In 2002, the newly elected administration offered amnesty to any and all university students who had been expelled. David relocated to Kenya and picked up where he left off academically at the University of Nairobi. In 2005, he received his bachelor’s degree in Medicine from the university (Surgery).
Ole Sankok started his career in politics when he was still a student at the university. During this time, he was chosen to serve as Chairman of SONU.
Throughout the years 2012 and 2014, he participated as both a director and a board member for the National Government Affirmative Action Fund.
Also, in 2014, he was elected to the role of head of the National Council of People with Disabilities (NCPWDs), which he continued to hold until 2017.
After that, in 2017, Sankok was put up by the Jubilee Party as a candidate for the position of National Assembly member for individuals with disabilities (PWDs).
In addition to his role as a politician, Sankok is employed in a variety of other fields, such as farming, real estate, and as the director and proprietor of OSIM country lodge.
In addition, Sankok has previously held the positions of chairman of FINAD and the Narok Central Business Association (NCBA), amongst other organizations and committees, including serving as a member of the Departmental Committee on Labor and Social Welfare and the Committee on Appointments.
After serving as a nominated MP for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) until the general elections in 2022, he decided to leave away from politics and concentrate on his personal life instead of continuing his political career.
Before of his departure from politics, he was offered a prestigious position with the United Nations (UN) as an African special advisor on the United Nations Convention on the rights of individuals with disabilities in 2021. This was before he decided to leave politics.