President Uhuru with Jaguar at Sagana State Lodge
Discomfort among top officials as Singer Jaguar and President Uhuru hold private talk at Sagana State Lodge
There were murmurs and scenes of discomfort among leaders and security officers as President Uhuru Kenyatta and musician Jaguar held a 10-minute talk that is said to have centred on the drugs menace in the country.
Jaguar, who was at the Sagana State Lodge where the President was hosting this year’s drama festival champions, grabbed Uhuru’s attention after his speech and stole a moment with him, leaving everyone waiting.
The philanthropic singer, who also doubles as a presidential appointee in the National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Nacada) board, told MondayBlues that their light discussion centred on youth and drugs abuse, as well as the state of Nacada, the authority the singer has several times threatened to quit citing corruption among some officials.
About a month ago in a speech that seemed to blame the drugs dilemma on the Nacada CEO and his team, Jaguar called upon the President to disband the authority as it had “failed to meet its mandate”.
“The President gave me an ear and I briefed him on the situation at Nacada, on a personal opinion. I have been vocal about what I believe is bad leadership at Nacada as the top officers seems disconnected from the youth who make the largest group of people affected by drug abuse,” said Jaguar.
“I have been passionate about the matter. Even before I was appointed, I was vocal and active on issues to do with youth and drugs. If Nacada is not serving its purpose, then it should be disbanded then we would have a fresh team coming in to take the roles. Why should we play politics with the lives of thousands of Kenya’s who are hooked on drugs?” he remarked.