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Acting Nairobi governor sacks alcohol licensing board

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Mr Benson Mutura after he was sworn in as acting governor of Nairobi on December 21. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU | NMG

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Summary

  • Acting Nairobi Governor Benson Mutura has sent home the entire Nairobi City County Alcoholic Drinks Control and Licensing Board members after the expiry of their term.
  • At the same time, Mr Mutura appointed two former Nairobi MCAs and councilors as part of 17 individuals to head sub-County liquor committee.

Acting Nairobi Governor Benson Mutura has sent home the entire Nairobi City County Alcoholic Drinks Control and Licensing Board members after the expiry of their term.

At the same time, Mr Mutura appointed two former Nairobi MCAs and councilor as part of 17 individuals to head sub-County liquor committee.

The former ward representatives include former Gatina Ward MCA Mike Obonyo Guoro who will head the Dagoretti South sub-County committee; former Kahawa West MCA Joseph Kinyua Karani to head Roysambu sub-County committee and former councilor Urbanus Mbevi Mutinda who will head Embakasi South sub-County committee.

In the reorganisation of the new board, only one previous member of the board – Rosalid Nyawira Gichuki – survived the purge with one ethnic community dominating the new appointments.

Ms Gichuki, who served the former board as its vice chairperson, was retained as a member while Stephen Murathi Kambi – who was previously a member of the board for two years before being fired by former Governor Mike Sonko – returned as the chairperson of the board.

Mr Kambi and Ms Gichuki are joined in the board by Martin Mugo Kanyi, Eric Ndungu Muiruri and Nicholas Okwacho Juma.

Mr Kambi will now replace Kennedy Odhiambo who chaired the board for a three-year term which expired on December last year.

Others sent packing include Leonard Mungai, Michael Wathigo – who had replaced Mr Kambi after his sacking in 2019, and former councilor Mutunga Mutungi.

However, Mr Mutungi had been appointed as the new City Hall chief of staff by Mr Mutura to replace Peter Mugo early this month. He served the board as inspection committee chairman.

Other members of the board will include the director of county public health services, chief officer in charge of security compliance and disaster management, National Authority for the Campaign Against Drug Abuse (Nacada) chief executive officer Victor Okioma, county commissioner for Nairobi and chief officer for Commerce, Tourism and Cooperatives, who will be the secretary to the board.

“It is notified for the general information of the public that I, Benson Mutura, acting Governor of the Nairobi City County, have pursuant to section 4 of the Nairobi City County Alcoholic Drinks Control and Licensing Act, appointed the following to be members of the Nairobi City County Alcoholic Drinks Control and Licensing Board,” read a gazette notice dated January 8, 2021.