, NAIROBI, Kenya Sept 7 – NACADA Chairman John Mututho is calling for the sacking of 23 county commissioners, accusing them of failing to tame the toxic brew menace in their counties.
Mututho says despite the directive by Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku to profile all bars in their counties, only 24 commissioners have complied.
“President Uhuru Kenyatta had issued a stern warning that county commissioners who don’t comply in management and control of abuse of alcohol and drugs should go home, he should now crack the whip,” Mututho told journalists on Sunday.
He said the county commissioners are squarely to blame for the menace because they are “sleeping on the job.”
“If you look at people who have died they have been drinking branded alcohol, they were drinking from unlicensed bars under the supervision of the police, he said.
Mututho also complained that the NACADA management is also weak in strengthening the fight against abuse of drugs and alcohol because it does not have a functional board.
He says the current board is missing six members, limiting his work in fighting the toxic brew menace.
“If we had a board that is functional, we would work, but we can’t now because other members of the board are civil servants who are protecting each other, we cannot even pass a vote,” he said.
He urged the government to nominate board members to NACADA in a bid to strengthen the fight against illicit brew.
“We passed a budget for testing of alcohols, and we have not tested it because the management is going round in circles, “he said.
This comes as six people died on Wednesday after consuming toxic brew at Duka Moja in Narok County. Two others died on Thursday in Kiambu.
In May 2014, Fifty two public officers were interdicted in connection with the toxic brew menace, following deaths of nearly 100 people in five counties, including Embu, Murang’a, Kiambu and Kitui.