Inauguration of The National Alcohol Control Committee
March 12, 2021, Machakos – The National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) is pleased to announce the membership of the newly constituted National Alcohol Control Committee appointed vide Gazette Notice No. 9775 of 27th November 2020. The committee is mandated to ensure consumer protection from illicit and adulterated alcoholic beverages in Kenya. This Committee replaces the Inter-Agency Taskforce on Control of Potable Spirits and Combat of Illicit Brews.
The committee is anchored in the letter and spirit of the Alcoholic Drinks Control Act, 2010 whose purpose is to provide for the control of the production, sale, and use of alcoholic drinks in order to protect the health of the individual. The appointment accentuates the Government of Kenya commitment to ensure that manufacturers of alcoholic drinks operate within the legal, policy, and standards frameworks and settlement any inter-governmental disputes concerning alcoholic drinks. It is tasked amongst other functions, to recommend to the Cabinet Secretary formulation of standards, policies, laws, and regulations on alcohol control for adoption at the national and county level.
The committee membership is drawn from representatives from State Department of Interior, Ministry of Health, Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, Ministry of Industrialization, Trade & Enterprise Development, State Law Office, Council of Governors, Directorate of Public Prosecution, Kenya Bureau of Standards, Kenya Revenue Authority, Anti- Counterfeit Authority, Government Chemist, National Intelligence Service, Criminal Investigation Directorate, National Police Service and NACADA. The Committee shall be chaired by the Principal Secretary for the time being responsible for National Security and NACADA shall serve as the Secretariat.
Speaking during the inaugural meeting, Mr. Victor Okioma, CEO NACADA noted that the Committee has an enormous task in the wake of the increased sale of illicit and sub-standard alcoholic drinks in Kenya and unscrupulous dealers who are also targeting minors. “This Committee should be vigilant and embrace the multi-faceted approach to weed out illegal products in the market and most importantly protect consumers of alcoholic drinks. In addition, there is a need to pool resources from all the agencies represented in the principle of one government”.
For more details on the application process for inspection and reporting unscrupulous alcoholic drinks operations, members of public are encouraged to report to the Chief Executive Officer, NACADA through firstname.lastname@example.org , 0202721997 or Helpline 1192 during official working hours.