Kiambu man who vowed never to shower for two years seeks help
10 months ago, 9 Mar 11:48
Joseph Ndung’u alias Atoti hit the headlines after he interrupted a sermon, declaring he was not going to shower until 2018. That was in 2016 and during the New Year’s celebrations. A drunk Ndung’u told off the priest who had asked his congregation to be clean, since “cleanliness is next to godliness.” But Ndung’u would hear none of that. “No father, No! No! I don’t agree. I refuse to bath for two years, no way!” he blurted. The priest immediately ordered the church elders to escort him out. Two years later, The Nairobian has traced Atoti to his humble home in Kiambu town. Atoti, who now appears to be well-fed revealed that he has stopped drinking and is now a farmer. He says he regrets the day he went to church drunk. He says he quit the bottle after the priest prayed for him. “I was excited because it was the New Year’s Eve and I had saved some money for the night. I was really drunk. I regret going to church drunk. It was as if an evil spirit possessed me. I didn’t even know that my mother was in there. It was quite embarrassing. My life changed when the father in charge asked me to pay him a visit. He prayed for me and counselled me. That was after the media highlighted my story”, Ndung’u says, adding that a friend misled him to do what he did. “I was prevailed upon by my drinking buddy who was also drunk to attend the mass at around 8pm. We headed to the church and sat at the middle. We were listening keenly but when we heard that the resolutions were touching on alcohol and cleanliness, we protested. My friend told me that the sermon was directed at us and that’s when I rose and decided to protest,” he says. He recalls the day Father Michael Ndichu in charge at Holy Rosary Ting’ang’a Catholic Church promised to help him change his ways. “The priest is a kind man. He did not judge me. He told me that it was bad to go to church drunk and I heeded his advice. I had vowed not to shower for two years but when I saw how the priest embraced me with lots of love, yet I was a sinner, I broke that vow and decided to turn a new leaf. Nowadays, I usually attend the first mass and soon, I will go back to catechism classes. I was doing well when I was a tout at Githurai 45”, Ndung’u told The Nairobian. “I sat down and reflected about what Father Ndichu had said about my behaviour. I tried to look for a job but couldn’t get one and that’s why I decided to grow fruits commonly known as ‘Mutomoko’. I have reduced my alcohol intake because most of the time, I’m at home working,” said the 34-year-old man. He explains that the name ‘Atoti’ came from the people because of his resemblance to ...
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