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Law to regulate alcoholic drinks in Vihiga, out

04 November 2014, 22:55 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - A law to streamline the selling of alcoholic drinks in Vihiga County has been signed by Governor Moses Akaranga putting into a halt the tussles between bar owners and the national government for the past year.  

The Vihiga County Alcoholic Drinks Act, was signed into law by the area governor last week, to sanitise the sector.

Bar owners in the county have been at war with the various departments as they could not tell which department they were supposed to remit their revenues, for licenses and other payments, for the last year.

Vihiga County Public Service and Administration Executive Committee Member, Johnston Khejeri, said that they came up with the law to streamline the sector and give the business community an ample time to operate.

“After we held a series of public participation forums, the Bill was taken to the county assembly where it was approved and the governor signed it into law. It will be a relief for bar owners who have been at war with the government for some time,” said Khejeri.

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He noted that in the new law, busaa will be legal so long as individuals obtained the licenses and proved to the public health officers that the environment in which it was produced was conducive.

Committees have been constituted at the sub-county levels which will oversee the smooth transition of the functions from the national government to the county government.

“The county government will be majorly dealing with the policy formulation while the implementation bit will remain with the national government as the county seeks to recruit its officers for community policing at the grassroots level,” he said.

The committee will be spearheaded by the sub-county administrator, who will be the chairperson.

The sub county commissioner, police boss, public health officer, Administration Police commandant, Nacada officers, and four locals appointed by the CEC will sit on the committee.

“We have already opened an account for the alcoholic drinks and all the revenue will now be remitted to the county government,” Khejeri said.

In various forums bar owners have lamented the unfair treatment that they have been receiving from the different arms of the government, saying that they are looked upon as criminals yet they generate lots income for the country.

They said that they are not provided with the necessary services that they require like supply of condoms to those who have lodges, yet the public health officers never fail to collect their tax from them.

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