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Mututho to ban sale of alcohol within residential areas

02 December 2014, 20:56 Magdalyn Mwaniki

Nakuru - Beer businesses in residential areas may soon be shut down if the Alcoholic Drinks Control Amendment Bill is passed by both the Senate and National Assembly.

The Bill further bars alcoholic drink outlets from operating within 300 meters from educational institutions.

NACADA chairman, John Mututho said if passed, the Bill will also affect night clubs located within one kilometer of any residential areas, religious institutions, health facilities and other community facilities.

Mututho said this will help adress the menace of mushrooming bars in residential areas and the easy availability of alcoholic drinks.

The Bill also seeks to eliminate packaging of alcoholic drinks in plastic bottles which have been found to cause a reaction.

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“Packaging alcohol in these materials allows for easy adulteration of the drinks. Further, alcohol reacts with the material leading to contamination from corrosion,” said the Nacada chairman.

The chairman also pointed that packaging of alcohol in 200 ml bottles makes it easily portable and easily available to persons under the age of 18 years.

“These are just few of changes we are lobbying for to ensure that policy and legislative levels address the current challenges of alcoholism," noted Mututho who also emphasized on the need to empower Nacada to license manufacturers and importers of alcoholic beverages.

“This will help prevent formulation of conflicting laws in different counties,” he added.

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