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Kisumu bar owners put on notice

13 November 2013, 09:28 Oduor Omondi

Kisumu - National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) Nyanza Regional Manager, Esther Okonye has warned bar owners in Kisumu County that those found allowing underage youth to their premises will face the wrath of the law.

Okonye said her office had received information that some of the bars in the County sell alcohol to the young boys and girls.

“We have received information that most of the bars in the County accept young boys and girls without proper identification and proceed to sell them alcohol which is illegal according to the law”, she added.

“The County statistics of drug and substance abuse stands at 13%,” Okonye said adding that all stakeholders need to address the issue.

Speaking in Kisumu, Okonye warned school going children to desist from alcoholism and engage themselves in academics so as to secure a better future.

Citing an incident that took place in Meru County a few weeks ago where high school students were caught in the local drinking dens and bars, Okonye said a similar action of raiding the drinking places for underage persons will soon take effect in Kisumu County.

She noted that a major cause of concern is the significant proportion of young people who eventually get addicted to alcoholism thereby losing focus in academics and purpose in life hence creating financial constraints for their families.

She said that NACADA was dedicated to implementing programs aimed at fighting drug and substance abuse as well as providing public awareness in the region.

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