NACADA hail new rules on ethanol purchase, importation

Former NACADA Chairman John Mututho
Former NACADA Chairman John Mututho at a past event. Photo/File

The National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) Chairman John Mututho has welcomed the new ethanol purchase and importation rules by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), saying they will rein in on the manufacture of illicit brews.

The chairman said that the new rules would reinforce NACADA’s work since killer brews will be considerably controlled.

Mututho was speaking in Nyeri town where he held a day-long meeting with officials of over ten Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) and Community Based Organisations (CBO) that have received funding from the authority and are operating in Nyeri County.

This comes a two days after KRA announced that traders intending to acquire ethanol shall now provide quarterly usage projections to KRA before being allowed to import the product.

In a raft of new guidelines targeting local ethanol traders and spirit manufacturers, the taxman also outlined that the transportation of the commodity will be strictly controlled through electronic cargo tracking fitted vehicles.

The new guidelines come in the midst of a nationwide crackdown on illicit brew that was ignited by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ban on second-generation alcohol.

Speaking at State House Nairobi where he had hosted leaders from Central Kenya region, the president noted that the sale and consumption of illicit and second-generation liquor was destroying the lives of the youth and if not checked the country could lose an entire generation.

President Kenyatta further referred to the trade in second-generation alcohol as “the business of death”, saying that leaders will not relent in combating the vice.

During a past church service at St Peter’s and Paul Catholic Church in Kiambu, the head of state cautioned the youth against engaging in hooliganism under the guise of raiding illicit brew and second-generation alcohol dens.

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