President Uhuru Kenyatta has revoked the
appointment of John Mututho as the chairman
of National Authority for Campaign Against
Alcohol and Drugs Abuse (Nacada)
Mr Mututho leaves just over a month after he
was named to the position.
The no-nonsense anti-alcoholism campaigner
was sent home in unclear circumstances
through a gazette notice issued last Friday by
the President.
His return to public limelight through the
appointment after losing his Naivasha seat in
the last General Election did not go well with
big investors in the industry who are still
suffering from the economic effects of his
famous Alcoholic Drinks Control Act.
On Wednesday Mr Mututho confirmed he had
been removed but explained that the move
was part of a plan to restructure NACADA with
a view to making it much more effective.
“Once the restructuring is done, they will re-
gazette my appointment or gazette anybody
else but I remain committed to the
management of alcohol in this country. In the
meantime, I’m waiting to be vetted by
Parliament. You can check with Parliament
when the vetting is due,” he told the Nation.
He had replaced Dr Frank Njenga whose
appointment was revoked in September by the
President to pave way for his entry.
Mr Mututho initiated tough laws, including
introducing regulated drinking schedules
forcing many alcohol consumers out of the
beer bars in a campaign he said was meant to
save lives.
On Wednesday COTU Secretary General
Francis Atwoli condemned Mr Mututho’s
removal, terming it unfortunate and costly for
the whole country.
“However as the Central Organisation of Trade
Unions (Cotu), this did not come as a surprise
since this is the true culture of a country we
have often fallen prey to,”Mr Atwoli said in a
He further stated: “Alcohol and Drug Abuse
are no doubt killing our youths in this country.
Kenya is losing great individuals to this
Though it is not clear who and what triggered
Mr Mututho’s sudden removal Mr Atwoli
blamed it on cartels he claimed was hell-bent
on maximising profits for the former Nacada
boss’s predicament.
“They approached and lobbied the President to
revoke Mr Mututho’s appointment, a man who
fought so hard to bring the famous Mututho
laws and now after ensuring that he lost his
seat in Naivasha these agents of evil are at it
again,” the Cotu boss said.
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