The Star (Nairobi)

19 July 2014

Kenya: 500 Bars in Uasin Gishu to Re-Apply for Licences

MORE than 500 bars in Uasin Gishu will re-apply for their operating licenses afresh after they were shut down following the death of 14 people suspected to have drunk alcohol laced with methanol.

Trade executive Philip Melly said licenses will be re-issued an will clearly indicate the type of alcohol each outlet will sell.

He was speaking on Thursday evening during a forum organised by the National Campaign Against Drug Abuse, which brought together bar owners, security officials, distillers,health and county governments' officials to chat the way forward on how to curb the sale of illicit and counterfeit alcohol.

"We will be re-issuing licenses stating clearly what one will be selling to avoid sneaking in of adulterated alcoholic drinks," Melly said.

He said the number of bars will be reduced to a manageable level.

"I want to also say that if a certain type of alcohol will not be having a depot in Eldoret, we will not accept it to be sold here. You bar owners knows where you get this adulterated alcohol since you want to get more profit you don't get liqour from a genuine distillers but opt for counterfeit ones," he added.

Health executive Eunice Siria said the ban on the sale of spirits will not be lifted until the results from Kebs and government chemist are out.

Nacada North Rift manager Eunice Arubia said the bar owners have resolved to form a group or a sacco so as to monitor their activities and ensure that no one engages in illegal business.

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