KISUMU, Kenya, Jun 26 – Presidential candidate Raila Odinga has stuck to his earlier statement that a National Super Alliance government would legalise traditional brews if they win the August General Election.
Raila was responding to Deputy President William Ruto who said that the announcement by Raila would undermine the war against alcoholism and drug abuse in the country.
“Mr Ruto, Uganda has legalised chang’aa and they’ve set up a brewery called Uganda Waragi. There is nothing wrong with us processing it and calling it chang’aa. I have no apologies to make for my view. We as NASA are sensitive to the local economy and the economic plight of the poor.”
Speaking in Ugunja constituency at the start of his campaigns in Siaya County, Raila maintained that legalising the brew is the only way to regulate it.
He said the neighboring country of Uganda had legalised its brews but hadn’t compromised the war against alcoholism.
He said they would come up with proper liquor processing procedure before the product is sold in the market.
Raila said he owes no apology to DP Ruto for making that statement noting that a NASA government would be sensitive to economic empowerment of Kenyans who are wallowing in poverty.