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Mututho, KRA criticised for promoting 'drug addicted generation'

15 October 2013, 15:23 Kelvin Wanjohi

Nairobi - The Kenya Alcohol Policy and Control Alliance (KACA) have heavily criticised the National Alcohol and Drugs Association (NACADA) CEO, John Mututho, for publicly declaring that miraa is not a drug. The body also condemned the Kenya Revenue Authority for awarding EABL and BAT which contribute towards the alcoholic generation.

Led by their Chairman Vincent Kimoso in Nairobi Tuesday, the Alliance said it was unfortunate that Mututho's fame, which he got from his stringent and tough ‘Mututho laws’, has started to dwindle.

The group said that Mututho should not change what is there, since NACADA has clearly classified miraa as a drug, by deciding otherwise.

“Mututho should dwell on restructuring the Association which has been silent on serious issues. It has been concentration on licensing bars and pubs, without investigation what is being sold there.

KRA on the other hand, according to Kimoso should not award companies which contribute to an alcoholic and drug addicted generation, but instead focus on enlightening the youth on dangers of engaging in drugs.

Kimoso said that KACA, which aims at building an alcohol free society, was indeed concerned with the rate that alcoholism has taken on our youth especially in the rural areas where they have indulged into illicit brews, owing to unmonitored drinking habits.

“If action is not taken soon, this matter of alcoholism will get out of hand and it will in turn lead to unproductive nation bearing in mind that the youth are the most vulnerable people,” he said.

He said that organisations such as NACADA should team up with various stakeholders to devolve the Drugs Control initiative.

He further urged the current batch of politicians especially those in national assembly to become champions of fighting alcoholism and even see to it that subjects on the effects of alcoholism and drug abuse are integrated into the school curriculum.

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