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Kenyans lead in alcohol consumption in East Africa

17 March 2014, 11:42 Wewe ni Wetu

Naivasha - The National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Nacada) has said that Kenyans consume 75 percent of alcohol in East Africa.

"We have done a survey which showed that Kenyans are the leading consumers of alcohol in the region, an issue that we should not be proud of," he said.

Mututho said the survey indicated that majority of drinkers use a large percentage of their salaries to drink, leaving little money for food and other basic needs.

"If one calculates the amount of money they use on alcohol every month, a big percentage goes to alcohol," he said.

Regarding the liquor market, the former Naivasha MP said the lucrative liquor sector was controlled by foreigners.

Addressing the press in Naivasha, Mututho praised Keroche Breweries Limited whom he singled out for entering a market dominated by one force for years and delivering quality products.

He said the anti-drugs authority had embarked on collecting samples of all brews in the market and taking them for testing.

"We shall put a notice in the newspapers calling on all brewers to present their samples to Nacada so that we can compare their quality with what we have," he said.

Mututho said they had already collected 80 percent of the brews in the market in the last eight weeks.

He at the same time confirmed that over 50 percent of brewers are not remitting tax to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

He said that majority of the brewers are evading tax despite making millions of shillings.

"We have come to learn that there is a big loophole in tax remission and we are working with KRA to solve this problem," he assured.

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