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Kenyans react to John Mututho’s Masaku Sevens remark

Thursday July 3 2014

John Mututho, the chairman of the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Nacada), speaks to the press in Nairobi on May 28 2014. PHOTO/PHOEBE OKALL/NATION

John Mututho, the chairman of the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Nacada), speaks to the press in Nairobi on May 28 2014. PHOTO/PHOEBE OKALL/NATION  

By EVELYNE MUSAMBI
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Kenyans on Thursday expressed their displeasure online over remarks by the chairman of National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Nacada), John Muthutho, on a rugby tournament and jam sessions.

Trending the countrywide hashtag #thingsmututhowillban, the Twitter users expressed their disappointment with Mr Mututho’s statement on the Masaku Sevens rugby tournament and his view that jam sessions were creating an opportunity for underage people to drink alcohol.

On Tuesday, Mr Mututho told reporters that the recent Masaku Sevens event displayed a failure by the county government to control alcohol and drug abuse.

“That’s a failure on Mutua’s part,” he said in Nairobi. “It’s his business to ensure that he licenses people to handle alcohol and drugs and pornography properly.”

He proposed that all “jam sessions” that admit children under the age of 18 should be banned to protect the youth.

FLAVOURS BANNED

This did not go down well with some users on Twitter, who responded that Mr Mututho’s aim was to ban everything he deems immoral, including names of people and songs with titles related to alcohol.

The anti-drug abuse agency earlier banned 19 shisha flavours found to contain bhang, heroin and cocaine, ordering that the products be withdrawn from the market immediately.

Alby Wizzy tweeted, "#ThingsMututhoWillBan Drunk in love."

"Drunk in Love" is the title of A song by Beyonce and Jay Z that has received global airplay and was even voted "Best Collabo" in the just concluded MTV Base Awards.

And Edu tweeted, "#ThingsMututhoWillBan Hangover 1&2."

Hangover is a 2009 American comedy film and its name relates to the feeling characterised by drowsiness and a severe headache caused by drinking too much alcohol.

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