Joseph Rotich, an administrator who was sacked after being caught on camera drunk while clad in uniform, has pleaded with President Uhuru Kenyatta to reinstate him.
“My name is chief Rotich and I am the most drunken chief in this region. I have accepted that and I am never shamed,” he told the press while sipping a drink during President Kenyatta’s Molo visit in March.
He told journalists he was ready to be sacked and noted he was richer when jobless than he was then.
“I am ready to be sacked because I am now poor. I had a lot of money after quitting the police service” he said.
A clip of the intoxicated administrator was circulated on social media consequently leading to his dismissal which was confirmed by Rift Valley regional coordinator Mr Wanyama Musiambo.
Rotich, who has been on rehabilitation since March – and was discharged on Wednesday, May 18 –, now urges President Uhuru Kenyatta to reinstate him to help fight illicit brew.
He says he knows the negative consequences of alcohol and is in a better position to create awareness.
His discharge from rehab was confirmed by National Authority for the Campaign Against Drug Abuse (NACADA) Chairman John Mututho.
“Kenyans are suffering in silence with problems of addiction and we are here to help them,” Mututho said in a presser.
“We hope to get sponsors and money from the government to support the rehab project having in mind I decided to use my own money to help the chief (Mr Rotich).
“We will enroll 300 people into the rehab. They will undergo the modern treatment procedure to help them recover from alcoholism and drug abuse,” Mututho said.
Mr Rotich, popularly known as ‘Survivor’, served with the Kenya Army and the General Service Unit between 1977 and 1991 before quitting.
Rotich, in March, said he did not drink until 1988 when he and other GSU officers were deployed to guard the Kenya/Sudan border following a dispute between the countries.
Mr Rotich was discharged from rehab alongside his fellow administrator from Nyandarua County, Geoffrey Gachoka.