Finance Minister Hon. Nderi Ndiani reads a speech for H.E. the Governor Hon. Daniel Waithaka Mwangi during the official launch of the sub-county alcoholic drinks and regulatory committees in Ol’Kalou town on 16/2/2015. The Governor called on those appointed to work tirelessly towards the realization of the set objectives. The function was also attended by Education Culture and Social Services Minister Hon. Peter Macharia, Lands Minister Hon. Gitau Thabanja and the County Attorney and ICT Minister Hon. George Kimani.
REMARKS BY H.E. HON. DANIEL WAITHAKA MWANGI, GOVERNOR OF NYANDARUA COUNTY DURING THE LAUNCH OF SUB-COUNTY ALCOHOLIC DRINKS REGULATORY COMMITTEES, FEBRUARY 16, 2015
SPEAKER OF COUNTY ASSEMBLY HON. WAHOME NDEGWA,
HON. MEMBERS OF THE COUNTY ASSEMBLY,
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT,
ALL OTHER INVITED GUESTS,
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
It gives me great pleasure today to as we launch the sub-county alcoholic Drinks Regulatory Committees, which will operate in all our five sub-counties.
To me, this is the culmination of a long journey we have travelled together since I officially signed into law the Nyandarua County Alcoholic Drinks Control Act on August 26, 2015.
As you are aware, the Nyandarua County Alcoholic Drinks Control Act- alongside other laws that have been enacted- was a result of concerted efforts by members of my administration, the County Assembly and general public- that has given their input through grassroots participation.
With the launch of the sub-county regulatory committees today, I expect the full implementation of this law through regulation, licensing, and fees collection. The exercise should take effect immediately.
In the next two weeks, we shall put in place the Nyandarua County Alcoholic Drinks Control Boards, which will be the umbrella body that will oversee your activities in the grassroots.
Ladies and gentlemen,
The enactment of the Alcohol Drinks Control Act became necessary in order to fill the vacuum created by the suspension of Alcoholic Drinks Control Act (Mututho Law) of 2010 after the national government devolved the administration of alcohol business to County Governments.
This development meant that most of the previous permits issued under the suspended Act had lapsed and our County continued to lose huge revenue estimated at Sh40 million per annum.
Besides, alcohol business in the County is at the risk of being operated illegally with the resultant danger of promoting the emergence of uncontrolled outlets.
Before the enactment of this law, my administration convened public forums in all the Sub-County Headquarters, namely, Ndaragwa, Oljoro-0rok, Mirangine, Ol’kalou, Miharati, Engineer and Njabini towns. This enabled members of the public to examine the draft and make their input.
The Nyandarua County Alcohol law has addressed issues touching on production, distribution, sale and consumption of alcohol in our county. This was necessary so that we avoid the inherent dangers associated with excessive consumption of alcohol.
The new law provides a single permit of alcohol drinks by the County Government so as to regulate the production, sale, distribution, promotion, and use of alcoholic drinks in our region.
The law also seeks to promote research on new products, treatment, and rehabilitation of persons dependent on alcoholic drinks in order to protect the health of individuals in the light of the dangers of excessive consumption of alcohol.
I am happy to note that the new law seeks to protect persons under the age of 18 years from being exposed to alcohol and also educate consumers about the dangers of excessive indulgence with liquor.
Other concerns addressed by the new law include elimination of illicit brews in the market, safeguarding fair business practices related to production, distribution, promotion, and sale of alcoholic drinks in our County.
I wish to remind members of the sub-county committees of the heavy responsibilities in their hands as they are expected to bring sanity in the use of alcohol in our localities. You have to be strict, decisive, and fair while exercising your responsibilities.
You all have witnessed the emergence of harmful brews in the market that have caused untold misery in our homes as youths engaged in consumption of poisonous substances that have resulted in poor health, collapse of families and even deaths.
Every village in this County is a witness to the dangers posed by the proliferation of harmful brews resulting in loss of lives of our loved ones, broken homes, and the rise in poverty- something that has adversely affected children in our homes.
My administration will not sit back and watch as our youths go down the drain due to alcohol abuse. Let us re-organise the whole system by ensuring we have minimal number of drinking outlets in market centers which must strictly observe opening and closing hours.
In this regard, my administration whole-heartedly supports clauses in this law that stipulate heavy penalties to individuals found selling unregulated brews or engaging in alcohol business without seeking for licence from authorized bodies.
Finally, I am happy to inform you that my administration is working closely with the National Agency for Control of Drug Abuse (Nacada) to set up rehabilitation center for persons adversely affected by alcohol abuse.
Once this is done, we hope to take care of all wamunyotas and make them productive members of our society.
It is now my pleasure to officially launch the sub-county drinks regulatory committees and wish you the best in your work.
Thank you and may God Bless us All.