Effects of alcohol high in central Kenya, Kaguthi

Former National Agency for the Campaign Against Drug Abuse (NACADA) boss, Joseph Kaguthi, has thrown his weight behind the Kiambu Governor, Ferdinand Waititu in his fight against alcoholism and illicit brews, terming those fighting him as ‘enemies of the community’.

Speaking in Thika on Monday, Kaguthi said that he was saddened by the state of the youths under influence, saying that those fighting Waititu’s move do not know the magnitude of the alcohol menace against the community and the future generation.

I have personally gone around the Mount Kenya region and what I have seen is heart- breaking. The community is doomed for extinction. Our young men are being rendered impotent and useless by this scourge, lamented Kaguthi.

Majority of the menial jobs are now being performed by women as our young men die of alcohol, he regratted.

Kaguthi warned that there existed a conspiracy and a grand scheme to wipe out the community in a similar fashion that the Aborigines in Australia and the Red Indians in America were pre-disposed to alcoholism by foreigners with a view to destabilize and weaken them.

When foreigners provided Aborigines and Red Indians with large quantities of strong liquor and wine, these communities had little time to develop social, legal or moral guidelines to regulate alcohol use. This influence had a very devastating effect on the natives. It established a behavioral pattern of drinking that reinforced unhealthy quantities from the onset. Unfortunately, this is what we have induced on our people, said the Nyumba Kumi Initiative Chairman.

Kaguthi said in addition to the emotional and psychological damage caused by alcoholism, it has broken many marriages, preventing parents from having the opportunity to raise their children in a way that is culturally compatible.

He noted with concern that every home within the Mount Kenya Region has an individual that is grappling with the alcohol addiction hence an urgent need for concerted efforts from all leaders of goodwill to fight the vice before the community sinks into oblivion.

Alcoholism is to blame for numerous marriage breakups amongst our people as men have failed to perform their duties as the heads of families. Look at our schools now. Most classes are now empty for lack of children. We need to wake up as a community and wedge a serious war against all those out to kill our future, declared Kaguthi.

Kaguthi also appealed to elected leaders to institute a vigorous campaign in Parliament to have all alcoholic drinks and cigarettes get heavily taxed so as to dissuade many people from indulging in their usage.

I wish we can get back to the 80s and 90s when the Finance Ministers imposed heavy taxes on alcohol and cigarettes. This limited their usage to some extent. I am shocked that the Finance Cabinet Secretary (CS) has zero rated the sale of Keg Senator, making it so accessible and affordable to young people, he said.

He termed the move by the CS ‘a killer bomb’ as majority of the youth were likely to fall prey to alcohol addiction.

Source: Kenya News Agency