Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has launched a fresh crackdown to regulate the alcoholic industry in Kenya.
Through a gazette notice published on Friday the 27th of November 2020, Matiang’i announced the creation of the National Alcohol Control Committee to be spearheaded by Interior PS Karanja Kibicho.
Other team members in the control committee include; KRA Director-General James Mburu, Health PS Susan Mochache, KEBS MD Bernard Njiraini, Youth Affairs PS Julius Korir, among other government officials.
The team has been tasked with jointly inspecting all premises that manufacture alcoholic drinks, to ensure that the manufacturers are complying with relevant laws in the industry.
The team shall also regularly audit alcoholic drinks manufacturers to check whether the manufacturers comply with quality standards in the market and any other regulatory requirements.
Further, the team is tasked with approving packaging labels for all registered alcoholic drinks in Kenya.
They should also eliminate counterfeit and substandard alcoholic beverages in the country further recommending relevant policies, standards, laws, and regulations in the alcohol industry.
The National Alcohol Control Committee replaces the Inter-Agency Taskforce for Control of Potable Spirit and Combat of Illicit Brews.
For a long time, Kenya has been battling with the issue of contraband and illicit brews that are slowly killing people.