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Governor calls on government’s support in war against drugs

01 September 2014, 19:01 Oduor Omondi

Kisumu - Kisumu Governor, Jack Ranguma has called on the national government’s support in policy formulation in the fight against alcohol and drug abuse in the counties.

Ranguma has at the same time asked County Commissioners to continue with their licensing function as well as enforcement of the regulations under the Alcoholics and Drinks Control Act as counties prepare to take over the devolved function.

The governor who was represented by Kisumu County Sports and Culture Director, Zachary Okora at an inter agency consultative meeting on alcohol and drug abuse control held at a Kisumu hotel confessed that county governments have encountered a number of challenges when attempting to undertake liquor licensing as mandated by the constitution.

The Governor stated most counties have not been able to domesticate the Alcoholic Drinks Control Act in order to anchor liquor licensing and misplacement of liquor licensing in the county portfolio structures.

“You will note that some of us have placed liquor licensing under the trade portfolio while other counties have put it under Tourism or Health,” he pointed out.

Ranguma also noted that one of the challenges in alcohol and drug abuse prevention is that no county in the Nyanza region has addiction treatment facility that is publicly managed.

He called for technical support towards establishing addiction treatment and rehabilitation services that are accessible and affordable to the public.

National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) head of programs, John Mutiti said a countrywide initiative is ongoing to build the capacity of county governments and their staff to ensure they have laws within which they can take over licensing function.

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