Lobby demands arrest, prosecution of criminals destroying bar owners' property
08 July 2015, 12:11
Nairobi - The pubs, entertainment and restaurants association of Kenya (PERAK) has demanded the immediate arrest and prosecution of those involved in criminal destruction of property and products during the ongoing crackdown on illicit brews in the country.
PERAK Chairman Nairobi region, Patrick Muya said they advocate for adherence to the established laws governing the sale and consumption of legally certified alcoholic and non- alcoholic beverages in Kenya.
Speaking during a press conference in Nairobi, he said the member establishments are victims of unfair competition from unlicenced outlets and they should be protected.
"During the last week, our members have operated in the most difficult times, facing wanton destruction of their premises and stock, indiscriminate arrests, tramped up charges, incessant threats and unending uncertainty of legitimate business," he said adding that the fight against illicit brews be fought within the confines of the law.
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National alcohol beverage association of Kenya said the government enforcement agencies are duty-bound to carry out this exercise in accordance with the law and with utmost respect for legitimate players saying they are losing more than KES 100 million per day in lost sales, destroyed property and products.
Elsewhere, Kenya Alcohol Control Policy Alliance (KAPA) called on the government, civil society and communities to scale up efforts on alcohol control in the country.
They urged the government to make provisions that directly target the sale of spirits in the Excise Duty Bill, 2015 to hinder the youths from purchasing them.
In their survey conducted in 2015, it emerged that 59 percent of teenagers take spirits.
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