Nairobi — The executive has declared a national crackdown on counterfeit alcoholic beverages and medication forward of the festive season.
The workout which is being coordinated through the Ministry of Interior and National Administration will contain the National Police Service, the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA), the Ministry of Health, Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Bureau of Standards, Anti-Counterfeit Authority and County Governments.
Speaking on the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) on Wednesday all over a consultative assembly forward of the crackdown, Interior Principal Secretary Raymond Omollo stated the crackdown was once well timed as the rustic historically stories a spike within the intake of illicit alcohol and medication all over the festive season.
“This crackdown is therefore timely as it mitigates the potential harm wrought on our people by illicit brews and counterfeit alcohol that is mostly traded in non-compliant premises. Through this exercise, we can protect our youth from the devastating effects of alcohol and drug abuse,” he stated.
The PS on the other hand emphasised that the crackdown will handiest goal illicit alcohol and medication whilst protective approved and legit companies buying and selling in alcoholic drinks.
“Government is not against legitimate alcohol business. Licensed trade in legit alcohol is an important economic activity that will be accorded the necessary support and security,” he added.
Previously, the Government has fastened identical crackdowns below Rapid Result Initiatives (RRI) program coordinated through NACADA.
Among the worries that experience arisen out of the workouts come with proliferation of substandard and counterfeit alcohol and the sale of manufacturers with pretend standardization stamps and retailers with deplorable well being requirements.
Omollo known as on nation governments to successfully play their Constitutionally-assigned function in liquor licensing and drug keep watch over.
“Whilst we have seen commitment in several Counties, lax administration of these responsibilities undermines the fight against drugs and illicit alcohol. We will sustain engagements with relevant counties to redress this concern.”
Inspector General of the National Police Service, Japhet Koome, who was once additionally in attendance, warned that his officials will undertake a zero-tolerance on drink-driving.
“Those drug barons out there, let them get the message clearly. There will be no negotiations. We are already in the festive mode. The festive mode comes with excitement.”
He added: “Drivers tend to drink and drive. We are not going to allow it. For speeding, we will not tolerate it.”
The assembly that was once additionally attended through all of the Regional Commissioners follows a up to date directive through President William Ruto to support the struggle towards the manufacturing, intake and sale of illicit alcohol and medication
Author: Capital FM