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Mututho wants alcohol companies to compensate alcohol addicts

26 May 2015, 12:16 Jackson Okata

Nakuru - All local alcohol manufacturing companies will be forced to compensate alcohol addicts and pay for their rehabilitation costs if a bill being prepared by the National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) is passed into law.

NACADA Chairman, John Mututho said that the alcoholism prevention and addiction bill 2015, which is in its final stages of drafting will be handed over to the parliamentary committee on health for scrutiny before being presented for debate in the House.

Speaking Monday in Nakuru town, Mututho said that the aim of the bill is to cover those who get addicted to alcohol and in the end suffer severe consequences like loss of jobs and illnesses.

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“There are thousands of Kenyans who have lost jobs as a result of alcohol addiction and others are nursing illnesses that resulted from consumption of alcohol and we just want to ensure that the companies that manufacture these products are shouldered with the responsibility of compensating such Kenyans by paying their medical bills and any other expenses that might arise as a result of alcohol addiction,” said Mututho.

Mututho said that the bill does not intend to fight brewers but is instead aimed at fighting alcoholism among the Kenyan youth, something he said will kill the nation if not handled.

“No one is fighting the Keroches and the likes of this country but what we are doing is to save the country and its young population from being rendered useless,” he said.

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