Gachagua’s wife kicks off her rehabilitation program for addicts

Thursday, June 8th, 2023 17:33 | By
Gachagua's wife kicks off her rehabilitation program for addicts
The spouse of Deputy President Pastor Dorcas Rigathi flagging off the first batch of addicts who will be rehabilitated for four months. PHOTO/Loise Wambugu

Pastor Dorcas Rigathi, the wife of Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, has kicked off her rehabilitation program for the first cohorts of addicts.

At least 56 addicts were admitted to Holy Innocence BPSS centre, Timau in the first phase of the program.

The 56 were identified during an exercise that has been going on in the constituency and will be sponsored by pastor Dorcas under her boychild program. They voluntarily requested to be rehabilitated after many years of drug and substance abuse.

Speaking when she flagged off the program, pastor Dorcas committed to rehabilitating at least 2,000 under the in-patient program and at least 12,000 under the outpatient program by the end of the year.

“We are going to use every available facility to dignify our youth. We cannot lose a generation. I firmly believe in your potential to overcome this obstacle and there is hope and great potential from you it is only that the vice has been dragging you," she said.

Pastor Dorcas said that the program, which has attracted sponsors from the corporates, targets boy child who has been under threat due to the consumption of illicit brews.

Pastor Dorcas Rigathi at the Holy Innocence BPSS centre. Photo/Loise Wambugu

"As a country, we must save the boy child who carries the seed of this nation. Why I am interested in saving the boy child is for the prosperity of the nation which is under immense threat of extinction" she said.

Gachagua said that after rehabilitating they will be trained in various courses besides being introduced to agribusiness.

"What many Kenyans are now ranting about food shortage is a result of our youths being decimated by illicit brews. If you go in the villages those engaging in farming and feeding the nation are over 70 years, this must change through such initiatives" she said.

Mathira Member of Parliament Eric Wamumbi said that he has set aside Ksh10 million for the rehabilitation of the addicts who will be accommodated in various TVETS in the county once they come from the rehabilitation centres.

"The young men who have been wasted away by drug and substance abuse once rehabilitated will be sponsored to join TVETs so as to get technical skills," Wamumbi said.

Mathira East Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) Peter Gicheha said the local administration has been working hard since Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua issued a stern warning to them to fight alcoholism and drug abuse in the Central Kenya region.

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