Tagged: Illicit Alcohol

NEWS: Kenya: Alcohol Law Works

A new report from Kenya states, Kenyans consume the least amount of alcohol in sub-Saharan Africa. This is the result of alcohol regulation policies comprised in the so-called Mututho-Law, that Kenya has been implementing for many years.
The report called ‘Effect of Kenya’s Alcohol Regulation Policies’ shows that Kenyans consume 3.4 litres of alcohol per capita. This amount is three time less than the per capita alcohol consumption of people in Uganda and Tanzania. In neighboring Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda alcohol per capita consumption is at 9 liters or above…

NEWS: Kenya: Government Action Against Illicit Alcohol

The Kenyan government will intensify crackdown on counterfeit and substandard alcoholic beverages. This action is in response to the public health crisis caused by heavy illicit alcohol use among low income groups. an estimated 6 million Kenyans were consuming substandard alcoholic beverages. Poverty, ignorance about health hazards and poor enforcement of regulation was cited as causes for high use of illicit alcohol…

REPORT: Organised Crime and Illicit Trade in Tobacco, Alcohol and Pharmaceuticals

This report examines the illicit trade in tobacco, alcohol and pharmaceutcial products. The most prevalent methods used by OCGs involved in this trade will be discussed in further detail below, but the overview provided here illustrates the scope of their activities…

NEWS: Tribal Children Paid For Work With Alcohol

Tribal children in the African rainforests have been paid in alcohol and glue to sniff, in return for manual work.

A new Survival International report has found that market traders in the Republic of Congo ply children from the Bayaka tribe with glue, in exchange for cleaning out latrines – a basic toilet. In Cameroon Baka tribespeople, who’ve often been illegally evicted from their forest homes, are often paid in glasses of moonshine (home-brewed alcohol) in exchange for manual labour…

BLOG: Alcohol Control And Devolution In Kenya

Devolution of alcohol control functions to country governments has resulted in chaos and some unforeseen consequences. In this blog post, Adrian takes a look at three lessons learned from Kenya’s experience…

BLOG: Understanding Mumbai Hooch Tragedy

As aggressive as ever in its pursuit of giant profits in India, the alcohol industry makes a point in every such situation for its benefit – it routinely claims that it is hooch tragedies occur due to heavy taxation imposed on “their alcohol products”. The argument is: the poor cannot afford legal alcohol and so are turning to cheap, illicit liquor…

NEWS: India: Illicit Alcohol Death Toll At 90

Residents of a slum in the Malad area reportedly fell ill after using illicit alcohol on Wednesday morning. More than 40 other people are being treated in hospitals, and the death toll could rise further. In the latest case of illicit alcohol deaths, eight police officers have been suspended on accusations of negligence following the incident, local media reported…

BLOG: Perils Of Legalising Changaa

Legalization of changaa brewing doesn’t make it less dangerous. For example, the alcohol that killed almost 100 people in Kenya in May 2014 was legal; it had the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) stamp on it. It was legally manufactured and legally sold. Yet the manufacturer, out of greed (my guess is the entrepreneurial mind at work?) adulterated it with methanol, a poison…

BLOG: Alcohol Killer In Kenya

These incidents are sad examples for what the consequences can be for the love of alcohol, or a high. It could have been prevented if people were doing their jobs effectively. It’s not enough that a bill is in place. Several NACADA officials have been suspended from their posts but in my opinion, this is a day late and a dollar short. What will be done to stop the carnage? Talk is cheap and it is time to act…