Omtatah moves to court to challenge Kiambu alcohol law

Activist Okiya Omtatah has moved to the High Court to challenge the controversial Kiambu County’s Alcoholic Drinks Control Act set to come into effect this Sunday.

Omtatah wants the law declared unconstitutional, arguing that county governments have very limited role on liquor licensing and control.

Omtatah said regulation of alcoholic drinks is the mandate of the national government through the Kenya Bureau of Standards, National Authority for Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Kenya Revenue Authority and the Anti-Counterfeit Agency.

He said the county government should restrict itself to issuing bar licences.

Last month Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu approved the bill as a measure to curb alcoholism and the sale of unlicensed alcohol.

However, there was backlash from bar owners when Governor Waititu instructed them to apply for fresh permits.

Elsewhere, The Court of Appeal is expected to make a determination on the legality of the ongoing strike by University lecturers.

The lecturers who moved to the appellate court after the Employment and Labour Relations Court ruled that their strike is unlawful and Justice Onesmus Makau ordered them to go back to work.

Earlier this week, the lecturers, led by the Universities’ Academic Staff Union Constantine Wasonga, met University Education Principal Secretary Japheth Ntiba, who also insisted that they call off the strike.

He asserted that the government can only make an offer to the lecturers after the conclusion of the job evaluation.

On Wednesday, Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said that 25 out of the 31 public universities had submitted their data for auditing.

This comes as dons at the University of Nairobi are yet to receive their pay.




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