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More should be done on alcohol and drug abuse

By DANIEL M. MUNG’OLI | August 19th 2015 at 16:00:38 GMT +0300

Our country Kenya has been losing lives of its people due to alcohol and drug abuse.

For the last three years, a great lose was experienced, cries were heard all over, others were heard even cursing the alcohol, while others were blaming the government for not starting with themselves. Countries that were lightly affected include; Makueni, Embu, Machakos, Kitui, Murang;a, just to mention a few. Due to this, some children were left orphans and wives were widowed, while others become blind. Kenyans where are we heading to!!!??? We should be asking ourselves questions like; what should we do to fight this ‘beast’ known as alcohol??

Upon doing my own research on why this kind of things are happening as a result of alcohol and drug abuse, I came to this conclusions…

  • Lack of legal documents- This includes licenses from manufactures to distributors to local sellers (owners of the clubs). The government should strike companies without these legal documents and ensure no ‘fake” licenses are being used.
  • Failure to create awareness- People should be educated on the effects of alcohol and drug abuse.
  • Money hungry people – Most manufacturers are money hungry and do not care about the lives of other Kenyans. They make alcohol that they cannot take but are willing to sell to other people for the lust of money.
  • Excessive consumption of spirits compared to beer simply because they are affordable and there is no limit to how much one can buy. Most of us know that, cheap things are most likely of low quality.
  • KEBS – KEBS is to blame for the many illicit brews in the market. If they did their job well, then we would not lose so many lives to alcohol.
  • Finally, Kenyans should unite and join hands to come up with a solution to the drop in economy.

 

During the financial budget of the year 2015/2016, Mr. Rotich increased taxation for alcoholic drinks, but that is not the solution.  I congratulate our President Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta for the action he took in clearing up the illicit alcohol and dens which had not met the required standards and quality.

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