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Govt faulted for delaying implementation of Alcoholic Drinks Act

12 May 2014, 15:16 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - The Kenya Alcohol and Policy Alliance (KAPA) has condemned the government for laxity in implementing Alcoholic Drinks Control Act (ADCA) 2010 that sets the framework for control of alcoholic substances.

KAPA's outgoing Chairman, Vincent Kimosop stated the government's full implementation and enforcement of the Act would have saved the witnessed death toll due to consumption of illicit brews.

"It is noted with deep concern that over time, we mourn the deaths of not less than 50 Kenyans and irreparable damage to health of at least 100 people at the hands of illicit brew," said Kimosop.

"It is hence clear that there is a clear disconnect in as far as the implementation of the law is concerned," he added.

Kimosop stated that the government should consistently implement the ADCA and intensify sensitization campaigns against illicit brews to avert related deaths.

"The loss of lives and rising cases of loss of sight should alarm the government. We call upon the State to address the factors leading our youth to drug abuse key among them being unemployment," noted Kimosop.

He raised concern over the government's delay to release Uwezo funds which he said would have kept many youths away from drug abuse by engaging them in productive economic activities.

Kimosop also raised concerns over the government's laxity in shutting down liquor businesses located near schools.

"Corruption is a major challenge in implementing Alcoholic Drinks Control Act since there are many businesses operating even from schools especially in towns," stated Kimosop.

He called on responsible goods regulatory agencies such as Kenya Bureau of Standards and Kenya Revenue Authority among others to ensure standardized products are allowed in the market.

He also challenged county governments to be steadfast in empowering their enforcement authorities in the fight against consumption of illicit brews.

Moreover, he urged the media to expose the cracks in alcohol control in addition to delivering solutions in their reporting.

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