Number of bars operating in Murang’a will be reduced by half, the county Governor Mwangi wa Iria has said.
Wa Iria said Monday that the county government will reduce the number of bars by 50 percent as the time for renewal of licenses scheduled for next week approaches.
Speaking when central regional coordinator Mr. Wilson Njega paid him a courtesy call in his office, Wa Iria noted that there were many bars in the county thus influencing alcoholism among young people.
Abuse of alcohol and drugs, he noted, had been on the increase in the recent past adding that some licenses will not be renewed.
He castigated some unscrupulous business people who were forging liquor licenses observing that the licenses to be issued will have a security mark in future to discourage counterfeits.
Increase of bars operating in this county was occasioned by some individuals who are forging liquor licenses but the licenses which we are going to issue will contain a barcode to curtail forgery, added Wa Iria.
In some trading centres, the governor highlighted that there are more than 10 bars noting that small centres will have only one bar.
Having many bars even in small trading centres is contributing highly to the culture of alcoholism which is a threat to economic development, he added.
The approval of the bars to be licensed, Wa Iria said, will be done by a joint committee with membership from the county and national governments.
The county has established a joint committee with members drawn from community leaders, officers from national government and the church. The committee will work on reducing the number of bars, he added.
The governor appealed to national government to support his effort of establishing a rehabilitation centre to treat alcoholics.
Two years ago, the governor said, the county had a temporary rehabilitation centre adding that this time his administration was focused on putting up a permanent rehabilitation centre at Kambirwa area.
Njenga who was accompanied by Murang’a county commissioner Mr. John Elung’ata promised to support the county government in selecting individuals of good character to be licensed to deal with liquor.
Njega added that security officers will also assist in cracking down on those operating bars without the required documents.
We will partner with the county government to enforce the law accordingly to ensure that alcoholism in the region was reduced, noted the regional coordinator.
Source: Kenya News Agency