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Mututho: NACADA is toothless

11 July 2014, 17:57 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - NACADA chairman John Mututho says that his organization is toothless and is urging parliament to hand the body powers to prosecute those found selling and distributing drugs and illegal alcohol.

Mututho says that his body chases down over 2,000 cases weekly but due to lack of prosecutorial power, fails to have any concrete case taken to court.

He also accused police officers of colluding with criminal cartels and in the process frustrating NACADA's efforts.

He thus wants parliament to grant NACADA an inspectorate department that will help them chase down such cases with ease.

" We are doing all the right things but we lack muscles. We lack a threat. We cannot throw a punch and that is our main undoing, he said in Nairobi Friday.

" The narcotics department usually sit in our meetings but they are our main undoing. We follow up as many as 2,000 cases every month but how many are prosecuted? he posed.

He insists that parliament has to take charge of the matter to avoid blame game when it comes to issue drugs or alcohol related.

" Mututho does not know what they (Police) do in their offices yet the questions are answered by NACADA. It has to change, he complained.

NACADA has been under fire for the increasing number of deaths from illegal alcohol and Mututho says that they are doing their best.

" We are analyzing upto 3,000 brands of alcohol in the country. We are moving hard on them to ensure they are upto standard.

11 people have died this week due to consumption of illegal brew in Nandi and Kapsabet, with many more in hospital and Mututho is sorry that such cases are taking place.

" It is unfortunate. It is not their fault or choice that they are taking such brands that are unsafe and it is our duty to stop the spread of these illegal brands.

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