Siaya County Gov’t plans to legalize Chang’aa production

Siaya County Gov't plans to legalize Chang'aa production
File Photo of Siaya County Assembly.

The County Government of Siaya, through its trade department, on Thursday announced plans to formulate a legislation that will legalize the production, sale and consumption of Chang’aa.

According to the County’s Executive Committee (CEC) member for Enterprise and Industrial development Jaoko Oburu, the county has already established a liquor directorate which is currently checking on the required standards before they can finalize the legalization of the brew.

Oburu said they are looking into ways through which the local brews including busaa can be produced in a standardized manner and properly packaged to boost trade and even create employment in Siaya County.

“There is no need of keeping the ban on the traditional liquor as long as there is a way through which it can be made in a standardized manner,” he said.

The CEC cited that like other countries such as Uganda and Tanzania where Waragi and Konyagi(local liquor products) have been legalized, Siaya too can support her residents to produce Chang’aa and Busaa to the optimum standards.

Oburu stated that a time has come when they want Siaya County to be in a position of consuming her own products saying that the move will promote the country’s economic growth.

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