The Kenyan government is considering raising the age limit for those legally allowed to handle alcoholic drinks from the current 18 to 21 years, says the Chairman of the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA), John Mututho.
Such a move, in addition to enforcement of a strict licensing regime for retailers involved in the alcohol business, is among legal amendment proposals being drafted to enhance regulation of the industry, he said here Tuesday.
Mututho said during a training session for bar owners that 30,000 Kenyans had lost their lives over the last seven years as a result of alcohol-related health complications.
One contributing factor to this could be that those legally allowed to handle alcoholic drinks are too young, he noted.
In addition, key players in the alcoholic industry would have to be trained. This includes bartenders who will need certificates of competence in order to operate in a move aimed at professionalizing the industry.
This is a measure which also targets reducing cases of selling counterfeit and sub-standard alcoholic drinks in the country.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK