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Kenyans urged to help Nacada fight illicit brew consumption

14 July 2014, 08:08 Jayne Zack

Busia - William Okedi, who was recently reinstated as the Chief Executive Officer of the anti-drug agency has called upon Kenyans to cooperate with him to save his job by helping in the elimination of deaths caused by the consumption of illicit brews.

Okedi’s sacking had elicited mixed reactions from Busia leaders led by area Governor Sospeter Ojaamong and Woman Representative Florence Mutua.

They were angered by the sacking and appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene and reinstate Okedi as the CEO of the National Authority for Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Nacada).

“I was sacked following the death of many Kenyans in some parts of the country. Do you want me to go back home again? I am sending a passionate plea to all Kenyans to sympathize with my plight so that I don't become a victim of circumstances again," he said.

Okedi reiterated that the enormous problem facing Kenya today is the urge by Kenyans going for cheap drinks with parents bearing the brunt of showing their children how to drink.

He further called upon DC’s, chiefs and ward administrators to ensure that people who prepare illicit brews are arrested and prosecuted in a bid to tame the vice.

“Nacada will partner with county and national governments to ensure that they have their respective alcoholic control acts in order to help fight the vice across the Kenya," Okedi added.

Area Governor Sospeter Ojaamong said he had assented to the County Alcoholic Control Act bill and warned businessmen against selling beer to minors, saying they will face the full force of the law.

He said that police will apprehend such offenders to serve as a lesson to others.

Okedi was among 52 public officers who were interdicted on May 8 by the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and National Coordination, Joseph ole Lenku in connection with illicit alcohol that claimed 81 lives in
five counties.

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