Former NACADA Boss John Mututho, See How ‘Mututho Law’ Messed With His Political Career

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John Mututho Michael Njenga (EBS) is a Kenyan politician and the immediate former Chairman of the National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) Board and an Independent candidate for Governor, Nakuru County in the general elections of August 2017.

John Mututho was elected Member of Parliament in the 2007 general elections defeating then-incumbent Jane Kihara. He also won an election petition with a High Court decision declaring him the winner of the 2007 parliamentary elections for Naivasha Constituency.

As a Member of Parliament, Mututho served as Chairman Departmental Committee on Agriculture, Lands and Natural Resources which was later renamed the Departmental Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Cooperatives that then oversaw 6 Ministries.

John Mututho lost his seat during 2013 general, he lost the Naivasha seat after performing dismally in the 2013 TNA nominations where he lost to newcomer John Kihagi.

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He attributed his failure to his dedication to fighting against alcohol. He did not give up after facing great opposition from bar owners who he claimed were behind his fall, in his comeback e was eyeing the Nakuru gubernatorial seat. He believes he had what it takes to manage county affairs.

In the 2017 election, he was face-off with Governor Kinuthia Mbugua and former Nakuru Town MP Lee Kinyanjui who opted not to have his term as the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) chairman renewed last August to concentrate on campaigns.

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Mututho is mainly known for introducing the Alcohol Control Act which among other things limits the operation time of bars and other alcohols selling outlets to 5:00 PM till 11:00 PM on weekdays and 2:00 PM to 11:00 PM on weekends and legalizes consumption and sale of traditional alcoholic beverages. The Alcohol Control Act was enacted in 2010.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed John Mututho as the Chairman of NACADA on 20 November 2013 after parliament approved his nomination.

Soon after his appointment, John Mututho publicly contemplated controlling private gatherings in which alcohol was served during the Christmas Season.

Former NACADA Boss John Mututho
Former NACADA Boss John Mututho

[8] The announcement received a sharp reaction from the Kenyan public and John Mututho was criticized for attempting to infringe on Kenyans’ constitutional right to privacy.

[9] In an interview on radio, John Mututho claimed that his statement had been misinterpreted saying that he had proposed the licensing of alcohol distributors who made deliveries to homes or private parties and not the widely held claim that he wanted to license house parties themselves

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