Nairobi County has over 20,000 unlicensed liquor outlets, says regulator

Nairobi County has over 20,000 unlicensed liquor outlets, says regulator

 

  • Nairobi County Liquor Board says there might be over 20,000 unregistered liquor outlets within the County
  • Vincent Shimoli, board chairman says out of 27,000 active liquor outlets in Nairobi County, only 6,000 outlets are registered and licensed 

At least 20,000 liquor outlet operating across Nairobi County are not registered, Liquor Board Chairman, Vincent Shimoli has said.

Speaking during the Eastlands Youth, Women and Persons with Disabilities (PWDS) Empowerment Conference, Shimoli said the vice has seen the County Government lose billions of shillings in revenue.

“Nairobi County has over 27,000 active liquor outlets with only 6, 000 liquor outlets within the county registered and licensed by the board,” he said.

Shimoli warned those selling liquor without the license to immediately seek certification, saying they will face the wrath of the law should they be caught operating without the necessary documents.

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He said deteriorating security and prostitution within the county has skyrocketed, adding that those selling liquor illegally are to blame.

“Those involved in monkey businesses are the ones supporting the growing prostitution and further posing security risk to the citizens of this country,” said Mr. Shimoli.

He further warned that selling alcohol in residential houses to immediately stop. He stated that the County government has embarked on a drive to weed out all illegal alcohol businesses.

The Alcoholic Drinks Control (Amendment) Bill, 2013 sponsored by Tharaka Nithi Senator, Kithure Kindiki seeks to ban alcohol-themed billboards in residential areas or within 300 meters of schools and public playgrounds with persons below 18 years.

The proposed law seeks to restrict the time, place and manner in which manufacturers and distributors promote their products, a move that could deal a major blow to makers of alcoholic drinks, media houses, and advertising firms.

If the law is passed, drivers will lose their licenses upon committing the third offense of driving while drunk in a year. Each successive count of the offense will attract a more severe punishment than the previous one.

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