Consequently, we urge the government to launch investigations to identify officials involved in the business as protectors or factory owners, distributors as well as owners of illicit retail outlets. Such rogue government officials should be relieved of their duties immediately and be made to answer to the law.

Through NACADA, government needs to embark on a continuous consumer sensitization campaign to educate the consumers on the dangers of consuming unapproved/unlicensed products. By invoking provisions of Article 46(1)(b) of the Constitution which states that Consumers have the right to information necessary for them to gain full benefit from goods and services – manufacturers need to do more on consumer sensitization.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the Office of the Inspector General of Police need to provide a clear strategy on how to put this matter to rest, especially now as the country heads into an electioneering period. OCPDs and OCSs need to be directed to be regularly avail information on arrests, seizures and volumes of such illicit drinks.

We urge the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) to recognize that there is an urgent need to make it difficult for unscrupulous people to counterfeit the KEBS marks. KEBS will need to do more by enhancing its’ market surveillance role.

It is also important that the media fraternity offers more publicity on the consumption levels and enforcement levels against illicit, contraband and counterfeit alcoholic beverages.

That County Governments and County Security coordinators should also work closely with licensed distributors and distillers to ensure only licensed products are sold in their respective counties. 

SIGNED

 

Stephen Mutoro

SECRETARY GENERAL

Consumers Federation of Kenya (Cofek)

 

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