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Kidero bans alcohol sale at rugby event, sparks social media fury

31 July 2014, 15:39 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has banned the sale of alcohol at a rugby event, sparking a vicious debate on social media.

The ban, according to the Governor is to protect children and underage spectators from exposure to alcohol at the Kabeberi Sevens event set for the coming weekend at Nairobi's RFUEA grounds.

He insists that he will not allow children be exposed to such, considering the event is a family one.

" It is a family event and we will not allow sale of alcohol at a family event, he said.

The ban is in reaction to the Masaku Sevens rugby event which earned ridicule last month following scenes and reports of underage drinking and mis-behaviour.

NACADA boss John Mututho has also previously said that he intends to seek regulation of alcohol sale at rugby sevens events.

The announcement though, drew varying views on social media with some agreeing or disagreeing with the directive.

Political activist Ngunjiri Wambugu @ngunjiriwambugu said, "Kidero bans sale/consumption of alcohol at Kabeberi Sevens; says it is a family event .. I don't drink, etc; but can he do this? What law?, he posed.

Stephen Musyoka @stephenmusyoka said, "While one Governor is encouraging people to go have rugby by the beach, the other plans to make the weekend a tough one, he lamented.

Brina Mbunde @Brianmbunde simply said, "Kidero Out, while others called the move appropriate, like Vincent Okoth @VinOko " Good move by Kidero, tough decisions have to be made.

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