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EXCLUSIVE: Comedian Njugush speaks on Baha’s gambling problem

Top Kenyan comedian Timothy Kimani, popularly known as Njugush, has rallied behind actor Tyler Mbaya, popularly known as Baha, over his reported gambling addiction.

Speaking Exclusively to Nairobi News on June 10, 2023, Njugush observed that people tend to profile content creators in the country.

To him, Baha is a human being who is subject to shortcomings.

“My problem is that people tend to label content creators. What people forget is that they are not less human beings or superheroes. They also mess up,” Njugush told Nairobi News.

On the other hand, he insisted that as long as Baha has admitted that he has a gambling problem and he is taking necessary action, then he has no problem.

“He is a human being. He fell and admitted. As long as he is doing the needful and working on how to overcome gambling problem, he should not be crucified,” he added.

Days after actor Baha admitted that he is struggling with gambling problem, Johnika Foundation (created to address the harmful effects of gambling in Kenya and raise awareness about responsible betting) reached out to the actor.

In a recent article published by Nairobi News, Baha revealed that he had begun his rehabilitation programme in the care of Ms Sylvia Raywe, a Clinical Psychologist with the Integrative Holistic Psychotherapy in Karen.

Ms Raywe was approached by Johnika Foundation and Pakamia sports betting company for a rehabilitation programme that will take 90 days.

“Baha came to my office on Wednesday for an assessment because there are different categories of gamblers. If you get into the problem of gambling, usually there is an underlying issue for most people. I needed to do an assessment to rule out a number of things. We did find some things which I am not at liberty to talk about and that is what he now has to work on,” Ms Raywe said.

Baha also promised to work on his addiction as his top priority, get back into mainstream acting and creating content for his YouTube channel; and work to raise awareness among the youth about overcoming gambling addiction by using his experiences.

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