Govt to set alcohol handlers age at 21

By KBC Reporter

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The government is considering increasing the age of those legally allowed to handle alcoholic drinks from the current 18 to 21 year-olds.

National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse-NACADA Chairman John Mututho says this, in addition to strict licensing regime for retailers involved in the alcohol business is among legal amendment proposals being drafted to enhance regulation of the industry.

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Mututho says 30,000 Kenyans have lost their lives over the last seven years to alcohol related complications.

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He says one contributing factor to this could be that those legally allowed to handle alcoholic drinks are too young.

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In addition, key players in the alcoholic industry would be trained. This includes bartenders who will need certificates of competence in order to operate in a move aimed at professionalizing the industry.

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This is a measure that also targets to reduce cases of selling counterfeit and substandard alcoholic drinks in the country. Mututho made the remarks during a training session for bar owners.




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