Finally, Odumbe Goes To Rehab
During the live interview
A month after former national cricket team captain Maurice Odumbe went live on a local TV Station Interview with his heart breaking story, the former star finally went into rehabilitation on Monday 23.
The interview on the TV show Jeff Koinange live drew a picture that brought many Kenyans to tears as they saw a celebrated cricket legend now broken down and living literally as a beggar.
Odumbe was admitted to Teens challenge rehab center based at ridge-ways along Kiambu road at the intervention of friends among them Robert Burale who brought Odumbe’s troubles into the lime light last January with this post on social media.
Robert Burale had posted :
“Sad afternoon. ..I bumped into my old friend Maurice odumbe…. once the best cricketer in this side of the world..he put Kenya in the map..every newspaper was ODUMBE THE BEST. …ODUMBE THE MAN. .but now he is left to wallow in desperation and living like a beggar (his own words)…and he tells me that IBRAHIM BILALI the former boxer is even worse..DO WE FORGET OUR HEROES,??? SAAAAAAD. (I put up this post in Maurice’s presence) LETS HELP HIM”
Odumbes story is that of fall from grace to grass which has left him wallowing in desperation. But after a constructive discussion that took place nearly 2 weeks before the d-day, Maurice Odumbe finally agreed to make the bold step of wanting to be clean and he confirmed it by signing the papers of the rehab facility that would assist him to regain his feet in the next couple of months.
Businessman Heshan De Silva had promised to take the task and indeed he came through to work hand in hand with Robert Burale and the creative director of ulizalinks to make this work.
Maurice on his part said that he will do what he can to remain clean by clearly stating that “I won’t let you down’, which is an exciting statement to hear from a brother whose life was being shattered by drugs.
Kenyans have been urged to pray for him as he goes through this rehabilitation as well as make contribution to cover the bill on MPESA paybill.