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Nakuru County passes liquor bill

04 December 2014, 19:02

Nakuru - The Nakuru county assembly yesterday passed a bill that seeks to control the sale and consumption liquor in the county.

The Nakuru county alcoholic bill 2014 awaits assent by the governor  after it underwent the third reading.

The bill was sponsored by the chairman of the committee on trade and industry Mr Michael Wang’ombe said that once effected the act will go a long way in the fight against illicit liquor.

Mr Wang’ombe added that the act will see county askaris enlisted in the enforcement of alcoholic control rules alongside chiefs and assistant chiefs.

“The act will also enable the county government of Nakuru to establish an ultra modern laboratory that will be used to test alcoholic drinks whereby the exercise will be conducted jointly with Nacada,” he said.

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In the bill, bar owners will have a representative who will be a member of the county enforcement committee.

A petition will be presented through the area mca whereby the offender will be dealt with depending on the offence.

Mr Wang’ombe who is also  the Turi ward mca pointed that  many youths were losing their lives due to consumption of illicit brew something that the bill aims to curb.

“Those found in contravention of the act will be subject to a fine of not less than sh 50,000 depending on the offence committed,” he added.

He added that those who contravene it for more than three times risk  having their operation licenses cancelled .

This will also affect those selling liquor against the stipulated time.

- MyNews24

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