Mututho want bar owner charged

The National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Nacada) Chairman John Mututho has asked the government to charge with murder the bar owner where eight school boys drunk alcohol before being involved in a road accident at Salgaa on New Year’s eve where five died on impact.

Mututho who was speaking at Salgaa trading centre during a sensitization forum with truck drivers Monday, said that the bar located along Nakuru-Nairobi highway will have its license cancelled once police complete investigations.

He further said that it was high time that those selling alcohol to the underage are held responsible for such acts adding that a team of Nacada officers in conjunction with police will be making impromptu visits to social places to ensure that only adults take alcohol.

Mututho added that he has approached a number of MPs on the need to pass a law that sets the minimum age for persons to whom alcohol can be sold to 21 instead of 18 saying an 18 year old youth is still too young to engage in alcoholic activities.

The chairman who also visited Salgaa traffic base commander for a fact finding mission on accidents statistics warned drivers that should the National Assembly pass a bill that is already before it, then any driver who causes an accident while drunk will have his driving licence cancelled for life.

He said although the number of accidents that happened due to drunk drivers over the December festive season were few, there were four reported cases of persons selling alcohol to underage persons.

Mututho called on the county government of Nakuru to carry out thorough scrutiny of alcohol outlets and bars before issuing licences to nab unscrupulous bar operators.

By Esther Mwangi