1,300 wines, spirits shops shut in Eldoret

By: MATHEWS NDANYI

More than 1,300 wines and spirits shops have been closed in Uasin Gishu county this year.

County Alcoholic Drinks Control Board director Armstrong Rono said only 700 shops are allowed to sell wines and spirits, mostly in urban areas.

He said not more than three night clubs will be allowed to operate in the Eldoret central business district and must fully comply with the law.

Rono said alcohol shops will not be allowed to operate in rural areas to avoid children accessing alcohol.

“Our aim is to have very few licensed alcohol outlets so we can be in control. This si to protect young people from being ruined by alcohol and drugs,” he said.

Rono was speaking on Saturday in Eldoret town during a tour by Nairobi county officials to benchmark in the fight against alcohol and drug abuse.

He said all night clubs outside the Eldoret CBD will be shut down because of security concerns. Some night clubs are accused of harbouring criminals at night and allowing children to drink alcohol.

The county has closed all alcohol businesses near schools and colleges, especially in Moi University, Rono said.

Licences for eight bars that were operating at Moi University Law School and 20 near the main campus have been withdrawn.

Rono said the bars were directed to seek licences to operate far away from the university or any other school or college.

“We want to protect our youth. That is why we took the drastic move to shut down the bars which were making it easier for students to access alcohol and hard drugs,” said.

Rono said they are cracking down on bars that let children in. Parents who go with their children to bars and clubs will be arrested and prosecuted, he said.