Mututho warns merry makers ahead of festive season
24 November 2015, 09:24
Nakuru - The country’s czar in charge of the fight against alcohol abuse, John Mututho has issued a fresh caution to drunkards and barmen ahead of the festive season.
The NACADA chair who spoke in Nakuru town Monday said the agency had formulated a special team of undercover police officers to facilitate the implementation of ‘Mututho Law’ during the festive season.
“Behave or you will pay dearly in the name of celebrating. Being a busy celebratory holiday, many people would like to enjoy themselves by indulging in drinking, which could lead to loss of lives from accidents. My team will not go on holiday as we will be conducting surveillance until the season is over," warned Mututho.
The NACADA boss said Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Interior, Joseph Nkaissery will announce the team later this week.
Mututho also revealed that the number of undercover officers to be deployed in various towns will vary depending on the rate of alcohol abuse as per the NACADA statistics.
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He said among towns mapped as notorious in alcohol abuse include; Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru and Eldoret.
The NACADA chief also pointed out that traders in alcohol business should adhere strictly with Mututho laws or face dire consequences.
“To facilitate swift and quick response of the special unit, NACADA and Ministry of Interior have launched a hotline number 1192 which the public can use to report offenders,” said Mututho.
The former Naivasha MP warned revellers and traders not to drink past 11.00 pm.
“There are people who pour alcohol in a bottle of mineral water, or in a bottle of soda, and then pretend to be taking a soft-drink. If we find you, you should know what the maximum fine for adulterating drinks is,” said Mututho.
The anti-narcotics agency further warned motorists against drunk-driving this festive season, saying more breathalysers (Alcoblow) will be deployed.
“Nobody wants you in jail or at the morgue. It is even better to see you in January having come from Kamiti than to see you on the papers having died.”
According to Mututho, Kenyans consume 70 to 75 per cent of all the alcohol taken in East Africa and spend billions of shillings annually on their favourite drinks.
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