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John Mututho urges State to hire more deaf people

Monday July 8 2019

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Former Nacada chairman John Mututho speaks to Ngala Secondary School for the Deaf in Nakuru Town on July 7, 2019. He urged the government to employ more deaf people. PHOTO | FRANCIS MUREITH | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Former National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and drug Abuse Board (Nacada) chairman John Mututho has urged the government to hire deaf graduates in the procurement departments.

He said with more deaf people in the critical department, the country will tackle the runaway corruption since they are difficult to compromise.

“To tame corruption in the government procurement departments, the State should employ more deaf people because it will not be easy to negotiate corruption deals with them,” said Mr Mututho at Ngala Secondary School for the Deaf in Nakuru town on Sunday where he delivered a key note address on the dangers of drugs and substance abuse among students in Kenya.

CORRUPTION

“We seem to be losing the fight against corruption in Kenya and the only remaining solution is to hire qualified deaf people,” said Mr Mututho.

He urged the government to borrow a leaf from the Israel government which is hiring people with hearing challenges to man key departments.

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“Israel is a classic example of a government that is using its citizens who have hearing challenges among others to control key departments and it has worked perfectly,” said Mr Mututho.

“Those with hearing challenges should not be discriminated against when it comes to employment,” added Mr Mututho.

He challenged the students to work hard and score good grades to enable them join higher institutions of learning and compete for jobs with other Kenyans.

GREAT POTENTIAL

“You have great potential and what you need to do is to work hard and you will stand a high chance of gaining employment in the government or the private sector,” said Mr Mututho. He also urged the students to keep off drugs.

“Don’t damage your brains by abusing drugs,” he added.

Mr Moses Kimenchu, an Administration Police officer based in Murang’a County, also urged the students to keep off drugs.

“Drug abuse is a big challenge among students, If you keep off drugs, you will succeed,” said Mr Kimenchu.

He was accompanied by a former General Service Unit officer Nicholas Langat who was rehabilitated from drug addiction at the John Mututho Empowerment Centre.