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Kisumu bar operators threaten suit

18 February 2013, 13:11 Oduor Omondi

A move by the local authority to crack down on bars and liquor stores operating within 300 meters of learning institutions has not gone down well with the business fraternity in Kisumu with a section of them now threatening to move to court to challenge it.

Kisumu East District Commissioner Willy Cheboi who is also the chairman of the Liquor Licensing Board said the move culminated in liquor stores that are in breach of the law denied a chance to renew their licenses.

Cheboi said this is what infuriated the business community with others resorting to seek legal redress.

In regards to the plastic bags used for packaging alcohol in the region, DC Cheboi explained that there is a court order which allowed packaging of the same in plastic bags.

However, in a bid to curb the alcohol menace such security crack downs were inevitable to ensure that all illegal brands in notorious areas such as Kondele, Obunga, Manyatta, Nyalenda, Kisumu Bus Park and Kibuye get intercepted.

Cheboi revealed that fake brands of Viceroy were intercepted while being sold in Kisumu and its environs during a recent crackdown.

This move comes soon after the National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) opened a new branch in Kisumu in an attempt to up their game in fighting alcohol and drug abuse in the Western region.

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