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Oparanya signs into law a bill regulating drinking hours

03 September 2014, 21:01 Ken Laban

Kakamega - Governor Wycliffe Oparanya Monday, signed into law an Alcohol Bill that has reviewed the drinking time from 5pm to 11pm.

The bill had earlier been passed by the county assembly that had set the time for drinking as at 2 pm -11 pm but the governor’s recommendation before signing read but the governor returned the Bill to Kakamega County Assembly for fine tuning to resonate with the National Constitution.

Signing the Bills at his County’s office Oparanya assured that his government and the National government will immediately start to implement the Acts.

“I have invited national government and county government law enforcers here because they are going to play an important role in implementing these laws.”

Kakamega residents who earlier celebrated passage of Kakamega Alcoholic Bill, 2014, which had increased drinking hours and legalized packaging of Chang’aa and Busaa in smaller affordable packs.

According to the new law, the minimum package for alcohol beverages in the area will be 200ml.

 “I know bar owners took advantage of confusion between who is to issue Liquor License between the national and county government thus didn’t acquire licenses for the whole of last year but that is now over,” Oparanya warned.

There is a reprieve however because the County government can’t do away with Local Brew-Busaa and Chang’aa, as the Bill suggested.

The Alcohol Bill also established a Fund that will be generated from issuance of Licenses and Fining Alcohol offenders in the County Court for treating addicts and strengthening campaigns against drugs.

 “The problem of alcoholism in this county is so rampant. Due to this we have established a fund that will enable the government to take addicts in rehabs in order to help them live a normal and alcohol free life,’ said Oparanya.

“We will also give money to liquor brewers who are willing to abandon their illicit trade and ready to engage themselves in other income generating activities. This money will is going to be a grant but beneficiaries will be prosecuted if they channel the money into other projects.”

The law took effect immediately.

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