How Dorcas Rigathi helped save ex-journalist Johana Chacha from alchoholism nightmare


• He gave an explanation of how his persistent absences from work cost him his ideal job.

Johana Chacha.
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The story of seasoned journalist Johana Chacha is one of optimism and resiliency, promising a brighter future.

With courage, he revealed his alcohol addiction and the process by which he overcame it.

Chacha is a member of the November 2023 induction class for Pastor Dorcas Rigathi's Spouse of Deputy President's rehabilitation programme.

In Nyandarua, on Wednesday, November 22, they will receive their diploma.

As a senior Swahili political reporter, Chacha worked for multiple media organisations, such as KTN and K24.

In a Tuesday speech, the former journalist disclosed that his drunkenness cost him his job.

He gave an explanation of how his persistent absences from work cost him his ideal job.

"I missed work for three days straight and when I turned up at work on the fourth day, I could not account for where I had been," he said.

Chacha stated that he made the decision to enrol in Pastor Dorcas' recovery programme after learning about it.

He clarified that eventually, he attempted to change and discovered coping mechanisms for drinking.

"After hearing about Pastor Dorcas’ rehabilitation programme on rectifying the behaviour of alcoholics and drugs, I registered. We were told to leave bad company and anything to do with alcohol," he said.

The ex-journalist claimed that because alcohol caused so much chaos in his life, he made the decision to give it up.

If Chacha hadn't become addicted to booze, he claims he would now be on par with some of his more seasoned colleagues in the media.

If he was given another chance, he promised to respect his job.

When it comes to advocating for the wellbeing of boys and young people struggling with addiction, Pastor Dorcas has been at the forefront.

She declared that she is prepared to transform young people's lives and mould them into better members of society.

Following the rehabilitation process, the Office of the Second Lady committed to connecting them with jobs and placing them in technical training facilities.

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