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Nacada now plans to set up chang’aa plants in counties

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By SAMWEL KOECH  

Posted  Tuesday, May 7  2013 at  18:45

In Summary

  • Nacada said chang’aa brewers in all 47 counties should be supported to enable them make alcohol that meets set Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) requirements to reduce rising casualty cases.
  • Nacada CEO William Okedi said the agency is conducting feasibility studies and follow in the footsteps of Tanzania and Uganda.
    Both countries have legalised and licensed bottled traditional liquors.

The National Authority for Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Nacada) is seeking partnerships with county governments to construct chang’aa distilleries to enable low income earners access clean and affordable liquor.

Nacada said chang’aa brewers in all 47 counties should be supported to enable them make alcohol that meets set Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) requirements to reduce rising casualty cases.

Nacada CEO William Okedi said the agency is conducting feasibility studies and follow in the footsteps of Tanzania and Uganda.
Both countries have legalised and licensed bottled traditional liquors.

“The anti-drug agency is in consultation with the county governments to explore ways of making chang’aa brewing and consumption friendlier. We want to devolve the fight against alcohol and drug abuse to stem the rising prevalence,” said Mr Okedi while paying a courtesy call on Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago.

Rift Valley province has been ranked second after Nairobi in consumption of traditional liquor countrywide with the numbers rising.

Nacada has stepped up the fight against drug abuse and has already signed contracts with over 22 civil society organisations and has set aside Sh100 million in the next financial year.

Nacada has four regional offices in Nairobi, Kisumu, Nyeri and Mombasa and plans to set up others by the end of the year.

Mr Okedi said the agency will help the county governments come up with proper structures, programmes, education, research and policy formulations, treatment and drug rehabilitation plans geared at helping the fight against drugs.

“Our partnership with the devolved governments will be driven with the desire to have accessible and affordable rehabilitation centres within the counties and also have the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) cover drug addiction as a disease,” he said.