Nacada faults county for alcohol laws

The National Authority for the Campaign against Drug Abuse has faulted the Embu County Government for derailing their fight against drug abuse.

They blamed the county for awarding permits to bars to operate throughout the day arguing such act was against the Alcohol and Drinks law and will not be tolerated.

Speaking when they raided several bars in Embu County to monitor compliance yesterday, the anti-drug abuse agency said they will not allow county governments to contravene national laws recklessly for their gains.

Nacada Regulatory Services Manager Judy Twala said only the Alcohol and Drinks law that allows bars to open at 5pm up to 11pm during week days and 2pm to 11pm during weekends and holidays is supreme.

We will not allow county governments to give permits to bars to operate all day. This contravenes the alcohol and drinks law. When will we work as a country when bars open early in the morning? She said.

She said they will engage county governments to ensure they align their county laws on bar operations to conform to national laws for ease in monitoring compliance.

The official at the same time raised concern over increased counterfeit alcoholic drinks brands saying they were a health risk to residents.

She cited the Batian spirit brand, that she said is predominant in the county and whose effects is adverse given that once poured on grass, it wilts and dries.

If such is the effect on grass, how about if consumed. This war on counterfeits alcoholic brands and drug abuse needs to be fought by all the agencies, she said.

During the raid several bar operators were arrested for opening before the required operating hours, selling counterfeit beer and operating in unhygienic conditions.

Source: Kenya News Agency