Nairobi News


City bars set for audit in crackdown on illicit alcohol

An audit will be carried out in Nairobi County to establish how many bars are licensed as the war on illicit drinks intensifies.

This is after it emerged that there are more than 12,000 outlets selling alcoholic drinks in the city though the county’s Liquor Licensing Board has only licensed 4,000.

“We came to know about the big number of alcoholic outlets from Nacada (National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse) when it was devolved,” Nairobi County Liquor Licensing Board chairman Vincent Shimoli said on Monday.

Mr Shimoli said officials want to get the details of all the bars as well as wine-and-spirit stores to come up with a comprehensive programme on how to fight illegal alcohol.

He spoke two days after police raided a brewery on Thika Road and found more than 60,000 litres of traditional brew that was ready for packaging and distribution.

Mr Shimoli said the brewery, located next to East African Brewery Ltd in Ruaraka, has not been issued with a licence to make beer.