Mututho acquitted of conspiracy charges

By Hallygan Agade

The National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA)  Chairman John Mututho is a happy man after the court acquitted him of fraud charges.

Nairobi magistrate Ellena Nderitu in Nairobi entered a   “not guilty verdict’ against Mututho in the fraud  case that he was facing.

The judgment brought to an end a protracted ten-year-old court battle where he was charged with fraud in 41.2 Million shillings tender involving importation of beds, lockers and curtains for Kenyatta National Hospital.

While delivering her judgment Ellena said that there was no intent by the NACADA chief to defraud KNH and that the items under investigations were actually imported.

She said the defunct Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission-KACC did not conduct proper investigations into the matter.

An ecstatic Mututho said it was a conspiracy to curtail his political career saying that he has lost a lot of friends and property that he worked hard for over the years as a result of the case.

He further said that he has been mentally drained battling the case for over a decade now and thanked the members of parliament for supporting him in the process of his appointment as NACADA Chairman.

His lawyer Cliff Ombetta said that Mututho supported the orange side of the 2005 constitutional referendum which might have played a big role in lodging of the fraud case against him.