Recycled dramatically by President Uhuru Kenyatta without vetting or following due process of the law, John Mututho, the former MP for Naivasha recently made a grand comeback to the public service when he was appointed the Chair of government anti-drugs agency, NACADA.
Not only did Mututho brag about it, but he was overheard whistling along the institution’s offices: his Mt. Kirinyaga gods had prevailed where thousands of feeble Naivasha voters had not. In deed, to this former legislator, the chicken had come home so early, to roost.
But all these occurred when Bill was not in the country and, apparently, according to multiple sources at BP & Shell House (the other side of Harambee Avenue) Ruto told the president that Mututho had to be vetted!
“So determined,” said the source, “was the deputy president that it was just a matter of time”. And so in a special gazette notice, dated October 24, the president finally revoked the appointment of John (Mututho) of the Alcohol Bill of the 10th parliament.
But the above is the ‘corridor of power’ official gossip. The reasons for Mututho’s untimely sacking has everything to do with the rule of law which anchors due processes to be followed when making public appointments. The President floated the law, and the law; being an ass, caught up with him!
Sources say that when Mututho attempted to chair the council’s meeting, three days after appointment, members began to raise legal concerns about his tenure.
According to theÂ National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse Act, 2012 section 6 (1 a), the appoint of the body’s chair had to be cleared by parliament, which never happened. The president floated the law.
Â The Act, in the said section, states that â€œA Chairperson appointed by the President will be approved by the National Assembly, and shall be a person with experience in public affairs either in judicial services, public service or the private or voluntary sector.â€
At least, the revocation now allows due process of the law to be followed, and Mututho may have just lost this job, for good!