Mututho criticizes Rotich for increasing price of alcohol

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John Mututho has said the decision by Treasury Cabinet Henry Rotich to increase alcohol prices was ill-advised.

The former chairman of National Campaign Against Drug Abuse (NACADA) said hiking the prices of alcohol will promote the consumption of cheap illegal alcohol among the youth.

Rotich increased the excise duty on alcoholic beverages and tobacco products by 15 percent in the 2019/2020 national budget on Thursday.

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“I absolutely disagree with the move to increase duty on alcohol as it will encourage use of harmful counterfeits and unsafe alcohol brews,” said Mututho.

Mututho said for the consumption of illicit brew to be eliminated the government has no choice but to lower the price of legal alcohol.

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“Consumption of chang’aa can only be reduced if the consumers of illicit brew can afford to meet the price of approved alcohol,” he said.

Mututho asked CS Rotich to implement strategies that will discourage the youth from consuming and brewing illicit brews.

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