, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 27 – Former Naivasha Member of Parliament John Mututho has been appointed as the Chairperson of the National Authority for Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA).
Professor Francis Maloiy has at the same time been appointed as the Chancellor of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology for a period of five years.
Maloiy replaces Francis Gichaga, who served as Chancellor for only three years.
Through a gazette notice dated November 27, President Uhuru Kenyatta confirmed the two appointments saying Mututho’s had become effective from November 20, when Parliament okayed his appointment.
“I Uhuru Kenyatta, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Forces of the Republic of Kenya appoint John Michael Njenga Mututho to be the Chairperson of the National Authority for Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse,” read the Wednesday gazette notice.
Mututho had initially been appointed by the President to head the anti drugs’ body but his appointment was revoked after board members and some legislators argued that due process had not been followed.
They argued that he had not been vetted by Parliament before his appointment as required by the law.
Mututho was then vetted by the Committee on Administration and National Security which felt that he was not the best candidate because he had pending Court cases, including a Sh41 million criminal suit.
But when the committee tabled the report in Parliament, Members of the National Assembly voted in support of Mututho’s appointment.
“In the last Parliament we set extremely high standards of accountability in this country, in March this year we lowered those standards. The Constitution talks about equality. The rod used on one, must be equally used on the other. …if he has been charged he should serve the position he’s seeking for until he’s proven guilty because we lowered the standards,” said Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo.
“This Parliament once upon a time rejected an appointment of one Kenyan for only one reason that is; he does not have passion for the job. Why do you reject the one who has passion?” said Minority Deputy Whip Chris Wamalwa.