An activist Charles Omanga who has moved court to challenge the decision of Interior cabinet secretary Joseph Ole Lenku to reinstate the chief executive officer for NACADA leaving Milimani Law Court on Friday (22/08/2014.
BY SAM ALFAN.
An activist has moved to court to challenge the decision of Interior cabinet secretary Joseph Ole Lenku to reinstate the chief executive officer for National Authority for the campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
Mr Charles Omanga wants the decision by the minister quashed on grounds that Dr William Okedi has disciplinary case which has not been determined and he cannot assume office.
He says in his petition that many Kenyans continue to die from the consumption of uncontrolled illicit and adulterated brews and the organization responsible has not acted to control the many deaths occurring has a result of the bad drinks.
The petitioner has sued the minister in his capacity, NACADA Dr Okedi and the Kenya Bureau of standards has respondents.
National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse ( NACADA) Chief Executive William Okedi was reinstated after investigators reportedly cleared him.
In a letter dated June 19, the Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination cited investigations that blamed the tragedy on lack of inter-agency co-operation and partnership in fighting illicit brews. It was on the basis of the letter by Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku, a copy of which we obtained, that Okedi was reinstated.
“After Investigations into the matter, I have established that the circumstances leading to the presence of illicit and counterfeit alcohol in the market goes beyond the mandate of NACADA and calls for inter-agency co-operation and partnership if the problem has to be effectively addressed,” the letter reads in part.
The ministry is yet to disclose or even share a report on the investigations, considering the Criminal Investigations Department and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) denied involvement, saying they had not prepared a report to that effect.
The application was certified has urgent by vacation judge Justice Isaac Lenaola who directed that the same be served upon the respondents and the matter be inter parties on 28 August 2014.