Nacada chair wants alcohol consumption age raised to 21

The saloon car they had hired collided with a bus from Bungoma town heading to Nairobi.

Tuesday January 5 2016

National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Nacada) Chairman John Mututho speaks to journalists in the past. FILE PHOTO | MACHARIA MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Nacada) Chairman John Mututho speaks to journalists in the past. FILE PHOTO | MACHARIA MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By ERIC MATARA
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National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Nacada) wants the minimum legal age for alcohol consumption raised from the current 18 to 21, following the death of five teenagers.

Nacada Chairman John Mututho who spoke on Monday at the scene of the accident at Salgaa in Nakuru County, said he was working with Parliament to have the laws changed.

“Even research has shown that 18-year-olds are not responsible enough to drink and should be restricted from alcohol consumption,” said Mr Mututho.

He also called for the immediate arrest of the owners of the Nakuru drinking joint that allegedly sold alcohol to the minors before they met their death.

The five, who were between the ages of 17-19, perished in a New Year dawn accident after allegedly drinking at a pub in Nakuru town.

The saloon car they had hired collided with a bus from Bungoma town heading to Nairobi.

The teenagers are said to have been partying in Nakuru town as they ushered the New Year.

A Njoro-based police officer who allegedly lent his Ugandan-plate vehicle to be used by the minors is yet to be arrested even as the civil society in Nakuru questioned the motive behind the delay.

Nakuru Human Rights Network Director David Kuria and his counterpart James Mugo of the Social Watch Network said the officer should have surrendered to the police.

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