Former NACADA Chairman John Mututho on Wednesday opined that banning alcohol consumption in the country may lead to more deaths.
This is after word went round that the government is contemplating banning the consumption of alcohol in public places to contain the spread of Covid-19.
The former Naivasha legislator argued that some addicts might
lose their lives if they stop taking alcohol without a proper plan.
Mututho acknowledged that alcohol has destroyed many
families but the proposal to ban the consumption of alcohol in public places
might cause more harm than good.
“It is a fact that liquor has killed many and destroyed
families, but the current proposal to ban its sale will lead to high mortality
among the addicts,” Mututho warned.
Adding that the move might also dent NACADA’s efforts to
fight consumption of illicit brew.
“How will you control them (addicts)? By way of gazette
notice?” he asked.
Public Health Director Dr Francis Kuria on Tuesday refused
to be drawn into a notice on the ban on alcohol consumption in public.
The draft document had been widely shared on social media
but Dr Kuria said it does not have a legal notice number.
“We cannot talk about a notice that has no legal notice
number. It's a draft that should be under the office of the AG.
“Once it becomes a legal document then we can discuss it
further,” he said.
The draft states that alcoholic drinks will not be sold to
sit-in customers in restaurants and anyone who goes against that will have
committed an offense.
It further states that any business establishment that sells
alcohol shall operate between 9am and 7.30pm.
The draft also states that no one should consume any alcoholic drink in a public space.