Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has called for proper legal frameworks in the fight against illicit brews, drugs, and substance abuse.
Speaking on Tuesday after holding a meeting with MCAs from Nyandarua County, the DP vowed to sustain the war to against drugs and substance abuse particularly in the Mt Kenya region.
Gachagua commended the MCAs for enacting the Nyandarua County Alcoholic Drinks Act, 2023 to provide structural support to ending illicit brew menace in the devolved unit.
“Alongside Governor Dr Kiare Badilisha, who has assented the Bill into law, the leaders have displayed immense courage and determination in true service to the people by enacting a people-centred legal framework regulating manufacturing, distribution and sale of alcohol,” he said.
Nyandarua County Assembly is the first to pass a Bill to support the renewed fight against illicit alcoholic drinks, drugs and substance abuse.
The new bill proposes that a Drinks Regulation Committee be established in every sub-county to receive & vet applications for retail & wholesale license.
It also outlines penalties for anyone found manufacturing, producing, selling or distributing Alcoholic beverages without a licence issued in accordance with the Act among others.
The Deputy President emphasised the government’s commitment in overseeing the success of the fight, saying that illicit brew has played a key role in impoverishing a substantial number of youth.