Waititu showers reformed alcoholics with Ksh100 million

Making it rain for alcoholics

Governor Ferdinand Waititu

About 5000 reformed alcoholics were given Ksh100 million by Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu under his 'Kaa Sober' campaign.

Each person was given a cheque of Ksh20,000 to start an income generating business.

This program which was rolled out under the Department of Youth Affairs, Sports, and Communication, and Pulselive.co.ke understands that the county does not expect the reformed alcoholics to refund the money they were given.

Alcohol menace

Many young people who are affected by the alcohol menace in Kiambu County underwent training and rehabilitation before they were given the funds to begin their own businesses.

To me, hii programme imefaulu over 90% kwa sababu siku hizi ukienda kwa kila town wewe hutaona walevi,” Governor Waititu stated.

The Kiambu County boss also noted that the number of alcoholics had reduced and challenged the youth to stay sober.

Last year leaders in Kiambu raised questions over the use of taxpayers money to rehabilitate drunkards in the county.

Doubts

Many cast doubts on the transparency, effectiveness and sustainability of the project that was said to have been consuming Ksh2 million on a daily, as the reformed drunkards were paid Ksh400.

Leaders dismissed the initiative which was predicted to gobble up to Ksh520 million in a year as a waste of public resources, arguing it would do more harm than good.

Nacada, which sets standards for rehabilitation, said the county’s approach was against their guidelines, warning that it could instead worsen the alcoholism problem.

Those enrolled under the programme were earning Ksh400 daily as they were hired to collect garbage, unlock drainage and clear bushes along the roads.

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