Martin Kamotho Njenga alias ‘Githeri man’ has been admitted to a rehab facility in Kiambu County.
When President Kenyatta toured Eastlands area on Wednesday to issue 50,000 title deeds to residents, Kamotho, through the President's handlers, asked Uhuru to intervene and help him stop his penchant for alcohol.
On Friday, Kiambu Woman Representative Gathoni Wamuchomba said she was called from State House and was instructed to trace Kamotho and take him to an addiction and recovery centre.
“Yesterday I received instructions from State House to ensure that I find the whereabouts of Githeriman and admit him to our rehab Mamacare addiction and recovery centre after he contacted the President through his team at Jacaranda grounds narrating his addiction to alcohol and desire to find a new lease of life,” Wamuchomba said.
She then launched a search for Kamotho and eventually found him in Nairobi's Kayole estate, where he lives. The first time MP drove him to Mamacare Addiction and Recovery Centre in Kiambu, which she founded to help reform drug and alcohol addicts like Kamotho.
“Without any resistance, he made up his mind to join us at Mamacare Addiction and Recovery Centre for the next three months.”
“I thank HE (His Excellency) the President for taking interest in such a humble man and finding a solution,” she said. “I hope his stay at the rehab will give him a chance to gain sobriety and rediscover his purpose in life.”
Kamotho became an overnight celebrity during August 8th,2017 elections after he was captured on the voting queue eating githeri from a plastic bag.
Leading corporations such as Safaricom and fashion design firms then moved in fast to use his new found status to market their products. He received gifts such as clothing, phones and cash.
His life status changed from a casual worker with the Nairobi County government to one of the most sought after celebrities in the country at that time.