Alcohol Control 2018-03-16T16:03:12+00:00

Alcohol Control

Policy and Legislation Development and implementation

ILA has been involved in drafting and lobbying for the passing of Alcohol control Legislation.This process began as  early as  2006, with critiquing proposed  amendments  to the now repealed  Liquor Licensing Act under Statute Law (Miscellaneous  Amendments)   (No.2) Bill 2005. This was presented to a public forum for debate.

The amendments proposed to bring traditional liquor under the Liquor Licensing Act and repeal the Traditional Liquor Act, so as to abolish several licenses and reduce the cost of doing business in Kenya.  This however would have brought about several problems including:

  • Increasing deaths  from “new  generation” alcoholic brews made from  rectified  spirits, methanol, formalin and other poisonous substances
  • Promotion consumption   of alcohol among children  and youth due to the cheap and readily available new generation drinks which were low in price and had been packaged and marketed to them.
  • Poor enforcement  of already existing legislation to regulate the liquor industry in Kenya
  • Increasing alcoholism among children, youth and adults with the resultant socio-economic  effects

Kapa Chairman 2The proposed solutions then, included: Standards; Provision of guidelines to cover manufacturing, packaging, advertising and distribution of alcoholic beverages Licensing;  Provision of economic empowerment, job creation and small business development  by streamlining revenue collection through appropriate licensing regimes.

Penalties; Provision of deterrent and enforceable  legal provisions for offenders based on the violator pays all principle.

Participation; Participation by all the stakeholders in the alcoholic beverages sector including and not limited to government agencies, manufacturers, local communities, civil society organizations through the holding of this public forum  and the constitution of the regulatory mechanisms  such as the regulatory authority and the liquor licensing courts, to incorporate the stakeholders representatives.

Education;  Information  and awareness  –  provision  of continuous   training  and sensitization for consumers, communities and service providers on the harmful effects of alcohol abuse, and standards to be maintained, provide for public awareness on the need for organized access and use of recreational facilities for the youth

Rehabilitation; Provide for the establishment and maintenance of support structures for the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals affected by alcohol abuse

 Enforcement Mechanism on Alcohol Control

Provision for an alcoholic beverages regulatory authority as a body corporate to be funded by the treasury and by fines imposed as penalties. This authority would be responsible for co-coordinating the regulation of the industry,  advising  the relevant  ministries  on policy and legislation  and overseeing  the above mentioned aspects of the law.

Members of the organisation participated in drafting the Alcoholic Drinks Control Act (2010); legislation to provide for the regulation of the production, sale and consumption  of alcoholic  drinks. Lobbying  for the passage of the Act was conducted through various means, including media engagement and courtesy calls to various policy makers, as well as parliamentarians. Additionally, we are seeking to review the Draft National Alcohol Policy. Currently, ILA is lobbying for the passage of the Alcoholic Drinks Amendment  Bill (2012) which seeks to deal with practical challenges in implementing the current Act.

Capacity Building on Alcohol Control

Kapa MembersILA is involved  in the capacity  building of different  stakeholders  in Alcohol  Control; including  the Government, Media and Civil Society. In 2010 ILA built the capacity of KAPA members  on the various aspects of Alcohol Control, including the overview of the Act, rationale and monitoring implementation. In August  and December  2012, working with KAPA members,  we trained 90 Public Health Officers attached to the City Council in Nairobi County to enforce the various provisions of the Alcoholic Drinks Control Act (2010). These trainings have raised the level of awareness on the provisions of the law and contributed to improved implementation and enforcement of the law.

Media Engagement on Alcohol Control

ILA considers media as a key player  in alcohol control and has sought to generate  positive media coverage  in support  of Alcohol  Control in Kenya through  print and electronic  media houses.  The organisation has been working with a network of media personalities by conducting courtesy calls, participating in interviews and securing news items as well as articles. This has helped  in influencing positive  and accurate reporting  on Alcohol Control issues.  ILA has also been involved  in public education campaigns through strategic radio and television talk shows.

In order to monitor this coverage, ILA has conducted  media monitoring; results of which have played a part in determining the strategies for engaging the media in Kenya. Also from monitoring, it has been observed that some journalists are influenced by the Alcohol  Industry, and at times provide coverage in favour of them. Such have presented the opportunities  for the organisation to respond and give a view from the alcohol control dimension.

Research on Alcohol Control

ILA is currently looking into conducting  a situational analysis on Alcohol Control in Kenya, with an aim of using evidence based interventions such as price and tax policies as a strategy to further Alcohol Control.

Attendance in Conferences and Meetings on Alcohol Control

ILA members have attended various Alcohol Control meetings  and conferences  hosted by various institutions, such as those hosted by NACADA as well as The East Africa Conferences  on Alcohol and has made significant contributions in the endeavors to control alcohol use in Kenya

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