NACADA anti-drug CEO, William Okedi charged in court
07 September 2016, 18:56
Nairobi – Anti-drug abuse agency CEO, William Okedi on Wednesday was charged with abuse of power and breaching the law.
According to the Daily Nation he failed to comply with laws contrary to the Corruption and Economic Crimes Act and abuse of power with regards to the agency known as NACADA between may 2013 and October 2015.
Okedi however denied the allegations.
He is being accused of failing to ensure NACADA procured a consultant to manage the Alcoholic Drinks Control Fund set aside for civil society.
Furthermore he allegedly abused power when he failed to follow proper procedure when approving a payment of Shs12.4 million to Ernest & Young contracted to manage the Alcoholic Drinks Control Fund.
Five others have been charged alongside Okedi.
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He has since been released on Shs3 million bond with a surety of a similar amount and an alternative cash bail of Sh1 million.
The Standard Media reported that in 2015 Okedi was requested by NACADA Chairman John Mututho to step down as he had not disclosed his age at the point of requesting for extension and failed to further investigate the matter.
“It is therefore only fair that you vacate office and hand over as earlier advised. On our part at the board, we will prioritise your matter in the first meeting and advise the CS accordingly,” read part of Mututho’s letter dated April 11, 2015.
The matter caused crucial projects to come to a standstill as all forms of payment and procurement of goods were suspended.