, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 30 – Musician Jaguar has called for disbandment of NACADA board, where he serves as a member and a director in charge of youths over what he terms as failure to address the issues affecting youths in the country.
Jaguar, whose real name is Charles Njagua Kanyi says the board has been wasting resources in board meetings and numerous trips abroad instead of addressing pertinent issues affecting the country.
“Let me be sincere, if this is the board you expect to save the country out of this menace, it will not happen,” he said. “Their work is to stay in the office and call meetings that have no direct impact to the youths of this country.”
He made the remarks on Thursday during the ongoing 4th National Conference on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, where he had briefly been invited by NACADA chairman John Mututho to acknowledge the delegates.
Jaguar slammed the board’s senior officials for constant infighting which he said has negatively impacted the war on drug and alcohol abuse in the country.
“I have been appointed there as a youth representative but these people never understand me,” the musician lamented.
He even challenged the board to fire him “for speaking my mind.”
NACADA Chief Executive Officer William Okedi had earlier given instances, where a section of the board had recently travelled to Vienna in Austria to address the menace at a global level.
In his examples on just how the problem of drugs and alcohol abuse has ventilated the Kenyan society, he talked about Project X.
“Was project X in Vienna? Jaguar posed. “We cannot fight the menace in these meetings.”
NACADA is going to spend Sh11 million for organising the two-day Nairobi conference which Jaguar says was unnecessary.
“We could have used the money to reach out on more youths who are still under the captive of alcohol and drug abuse,” he said.
“We had a similar meeting last year but have you seen any positive outcome?”
On June 29, 2015 Jaguar had threatened to quit the NACADA board over what he termed as massive corruption plaguing the authority.
He claimed that he was asked to join the cartels embezzling taxpayers’ money after he raised concerns.
“The levels of corruption at NACADA are too high to the extent that when I reported to the board, I was informed that the mode of operation is either ‘you quit or turn a blind eye and be part’ to the ongoing massive corruption,” he alleged.
He lamented over what he termed as “the level of disregard to the laws of the country and daylight robbery of public funds by both the top management of NACADA and the Finance Committee of the board.”
Mututho, while concurring with Jaguar’s sentiments accused the authority management of incompetence.
“We need broad strategies to enable us grapple with the day-to-day realities of drug abuse. While doing this, we should keep at the back of our minds, our children and youth, men and women, families, institutions and communities,” he said.
“Unless we come up with solutions, the quality of life and capacity to tackle alcohol and drug abuse will continue to deteriorate.”
He lamented that there was increased prevalence in consumption of intoxicating substances such as alcohol, narcotics and psychotropic substances.
“Similarly, sex-enhancement drugs, birth control medication and other designer drugs have become the norm among vulnerable populations such as the youth and children,” he said.