MUTUTHO’S PLAN B: GOV­ER­NOR OF NAKURU

He says the anti-drug war is pred­i­cated on two sup­pres­sions: Sup­ply and de­mand. “The war on sup­ply sup­pres­sion has been lost – not just in Kenya, but around the world”

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - CAROLYNE KUBWA @TheS­tarKenya

WHEN it comes to the war on drug abuse, al­co­holism and to­bacco, John Mututho’s name is sec­ond to none.

The for­mer Naivasha MP has sin­gle­hand­edly stood firm and pushed for the in­tro­duc­tion of moral­ity in­so­far as al­co­hol con­sump­tion is con­cerned.

It is Mututho who, in the 10th Par­lia­ment, con­ceived and spear­headed the adop­tion of the Al­co­hol Drinks and Con­trol Act.

The law, com­monly known as the ‘Mututho Rules’, reg­u­lates the sale of al­co­hol and drink­ing hours.

It also in­tro­duced new al­co­hol­pack­ag­ing guide­lines re­quir­ing al­co­hol be pack­aged in glass bot­tles in­stead of sa­chets.

“I am proud of my work,” he says, point­ing out that he would tighten reg­u­la­tions on al­co­hol con­sump­tion if he had his way.

Mututho’s pas­sion in the war on al­co­hol was boosted in 2013, when Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta ap­pointed him to chair the Na­tional Cam­paign Against Drug Abuse (Na­cada).

He says the anti-drug war is pred­i­cated on two sup­pres­sions: Sup­ply and de­mand.

“The war on sup­ply sup­pres­sion has been lost – not just in Kenya, but around the world,” says Mututho, who has de­clared his in­ter­est in be­com­ing the next gov­er­nor of Nakuru at the 2017 gen­eral elec­tion.

He re­grets that the drug menace is worst in uni­ver­si­ties and other in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing.

“Lack of pa­trols in the uni­ver­si­ties, in­creased in­take and the emer­gence of so­cial me­dia have made drug abuse go dig­i­tal, mak­ing it hard to mon­i­tor,” he says.

De­spite his hard-nosed rep­u­ta­tion in the war on drugs, Mututho says it has never been easy, es­pe­cially dur­ing his time at Na­cada.

He re­grets there is a pow­er­ful clique, both in gov­ern­ment and out of it, that has made it com­pletely dif­fi­cult to wage the war on drug abuse.

“Their fo­cus is to fight peo­ple like me, whose only mis­sion is to fight the drug abuse menace in our midst.”

La­mentably, he points out, even phar­ma­cists have aban­doned their pro­fes­sional ethics and some of them are ma­jor play­ers in the smug­gling of drugs.

“Phar­ma­cists are part of an ex­tremely pow­er­ful car­tel that is sell­ing drugs through pre­scrip­tion.”

He says phar­ma­cists are part of the car­tels that have en­sured Na­cada does not dis­charge its man­date ef­fec­tively.

Mututho be­lieves he has what it takes to take Nakuru to greater heights of de­vel­op­ment.

HE RE­GRETS THAT THE DRUG MENACE IS WORST IN UNI­VER­SI­TIES AND OTHER IN­STI­TU­TIONS OF HIGHER LEARN­ING.

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