NAIROBI, Kenya, May 12 – The Kenya Alcohol Policy Control Alliance is calling on the government to expedite new approaches on the fight against illicit brews.
The organisation’s outgoing chairman Vincent Kimosop says there is need to ensure consistency in the implementation of the Alcoholic Drinks Control Act which sets the framework for alcohol control.
“It’s one thing to have policies; it’s another thing to effectively implement them. The fight against alcohol consumption requires interventions including rehabilitation,” he said.
“There is need to ensure consistency in implementation of the law. This will ultimately migrate away from the culture of acting only when things go wrong. The recent events have clearly highlighted the need to rethink the government’s approach to alcohol control.”
He says a stronger public health approach through the Ministry of Health should be taken since the core issue is addiction.
“We all know very clearly as KAPA that when people are already addicted they are already victims and they need support and this is why an integrated health approach towards eradicating this menace is a welcomed initiative,” he advised. “We also want to call on the government to expedite the finalisation of the health policy together with the health bill.”
“We call upon the State to address factors leading our youth to drug abuse. Key among them is unemployment. The State must engage the youth to ensure that such occurrence is not repeated.”
The organisation’s incoming chairperson William Ntakuka echoed Kimosop’s sentiments saying the government should put in place stern measures in monitoring alcohol distribution.
“The alcoholic drinks committees apparently what they do is just issue licences, but there is something called monitoring, in each aspect, in each program, in everything that you do you have to go back and check whether they are complying with the standards.”
“The problem is that they issue licences then they run. It has to be monitored by the Kenya Bureau of Standards and any individual who is concerned with issuing those licences they have to go back to those distillers,” he said.