8 March 2014

Kenya: Mandago Signs New Alcohol Laws for Eldoret

UASIN Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago has signed new laws to regulate alcohol brewing and consumption in the county. The county assembly last week passed the new laws banning operations of bars located near schools and hospitals in Eldoret town.

"That is the law now. We can not even change anything from what was passed by the assembly and I have already endorsed the new laws," Mandago said.

He was speaking to the press at Kipkenyo in Eldoret yesterday. Mandago said the problem of alcoholism among youth in the region is worsening and should be tackled through the new regulations.

"The government is now investing alot in youth programmes. There are so many jobs coming up and if the youth are dunkards who will do those jobs?", he said.

Mandago said the new laws were discused extensively by the county assembly. He said the executive will partner will the assembly to educate residents on the new laws.

Under the new laws no bar will be allowed to operate within the distance of one kilometer from education institutions or medical facilities in the county.

County Speaker Isaac Terer said the new laws ban the sale of alcohol in plastic satchets in the county.

"It will no longer be allowed to have traders operating bars or selling alcohol near education institutions or hospitals. This will help to curb influx of alcohol into the education institutions to be abused by the youth," he said,.

Terer was speaking to the press in his office in Eldoret yesterday. He said the pubs operating near hospitals are a nuisance because of loud music. Terer said the county administration in the region will implement the new regulations.

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