Kiambu MCAs Reject Alcohol-Free Zones

The Kiambu government will not restrict the sale or consumption of alcohol in parts of the county after MCAs called the plan bad for business.

The assembly on Wednesday rejected a motion calling for establishment of alcohol-free zones to curb alcoholism and alcohol-related crimes.

“We should not focus on second-generation drinks but develop policies to discourage consumption of alcohol,” Ngewa MCA Karungo wa Thangwa said while tabling the motion.

President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered a crackdown on illicit liquor on July 1 after it became a national plague, especially in Central Kenya.

Thangwa said Kijabe town is an alcohol-free zone and other subcounties should emulate it to help those suffering from alcohol withdrawal syndrome.

He said the move would also limit drinking to save the youth from alcoholism.

Thangwa said the law limiting drinking hours is a good start but has not been enforced effectively.

Kahawa Sukari MCA Peter Geche seconded the motion.

However, Limuru Central MCA Njenga Murugami said the motion would prohibit the transport of legal alcohol, affecting business and reducing county revenue.

“My ward is in a transit area [for the alcohol] and so I say this motion is crazy,” he said.

Other MCAs said the proposal would enhance security and regulation of alcohol.

Speaker Gathii Irungu called a vote on the motion.

Some 16 MCAs supported the plan, while 26 rejected it.