Mututho: Drinking age to be capped at 21 years
23 August 2016, 17:03
Nairobi - The National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) plans to limit the legal drinking age from 18 years to 21 years, outgoing NACADA chairman John Muthutho has said.
Speaking at a Nairobi hotel during a training session for bar owners, Muthutho said that the authority was in the process of making legal amendments that will have far-reaching effects on its mandate and operations.
“Bartenders, and not the bar owners nor company, will be held responsible for that last bottle the customer gets just like the pharmacists. Many people are brewing beer at their backyards and the barman should be able to identify fake and genuine liqour,” he said.
Muthutho revealed that the proposed amendments will require bartenders to have certificates of competence in order to operate their businesses.
The Nacada chairman who is also eying the Nakuru gubernatorial seat said that the authority was in its final stages of transition from a campaign authority to a fully fledged control authority that will have power to arrest people who flout the rules.
"All liquor joints should adhere to the rules so that they avoid altercation with the NACADA askaris. Bars located within 300 metres from learning institutions should also close shop immediately", he said.
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