MPs say Mututho has failed, want Nacada board disbanded

By: JOHN NGIRACHU

MPs want the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Nacada) disbanded for allegedly wasting funds.

They are also accusing the John Mututho-led agency of failing to do its job.

The Security and Administration Committee attributed Nacada’s alleged non-performance to internal wrangles.

They also accused Nacada board of overstepping its mandate.

NACADA’S MANDATE

The MPs said the agency is trying to control alcohol and drug abuse when its job is to campaign against the vice.

The lawmakers also accused the board of watching as Sh137 million was frittered on consultancy services for disbursement of the funds and procurement of media services.

Nacada is said to have sourced consultancy services from NGOs involved in the fight against drugs, alcohol and narcotics.

“Nacada board should be dissolved and a new one appointed to restructure its institutional framework to ensure the board and the secretariat deliver on their mandates,” the committee said in a report tabled in the National Assembly yesterday. The team said selection of the NGOs to offer the services was completely flawed.

“Procurement was not budgeted for nor planned and no requisition for the services was made. It also contravened the Public Procurement and Disposal Act,” the MPs said in the report tabled chairman Asman Kamama.

The MPs also want the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to conclude its investigations into the disbursement of the Sh99 million and ensure those found culpable are punished.

The consultancy was handled by PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst and Young, which later identified the NGOs to receive money typically used for advocacy and campaigns.

Nacada has been on the spot for procuring media services from Kenya Broadcasting Corporation and other unnamed media houses worth Sh47 million without tendering.

The MPS started investigations the matter after a flurry of reports in the media.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION