NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 25 – Nairobi Regional Commissioner Kangethe Thuku now wants liquor outlets reduced due to increased alcohol consumption in the City.
Speaking on Tuesday in Kasarani ,Thuku said increased alcohol consumption in the area is worrying as he called for intensified campaign against alcohol abuse.
He gave an example of Kasarani where there are about 300 public schools against 959 liquor outlets a trend that he said is worrying and has led to poverty, increased cases of child defilement and dysfunctional families.
“Consumption of both illegal and authorized brew is on the rise which poses a threat to health, economic growth and social behaviour,” he said.
In a bid to control alcoholism,Thuku said liquor outlets that don’t adhere to Liquor Control and Licensing laws will have their licenses revoked.
Assistant Chiefs, Chiefs and Nyumba Kumi leaders have also been urged to be vigilant and assist in cracking down the drinking menace.
“Ensure that all bars that operate before and after the stipulated time are closed,” said Thuku.
Thuku also asked the officers to enforce the law that requires bars 300 metres near schools and residential areas to be closed.
Nairobi Liquor Control and Licensing Board Chairman Kennedy Odhiambo said the Board will carry out audit of all liquor outlets next month.
“Most of bars are operating illegally and haven’t met the minimum requirements of licensing and we will be embarking on a crackdown to close them down,” said Odhiambo.
Odhiambo further indicated that the Board will not be issuing new licences until they conduct an audit as part of measures to reduce the number of drinking outlets.
He said records from previous board indicate that there are 12,500 bars but those licensed in the 2017/2018 financial year are 4,593.
According to National Authority for the Campaign Against Drugs (NACADA )2017 statistics, Nairobi is leading in alcohol consumption by 17.5 per cent.