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Nacada sounds alarm over rise in alcohol consumption at home – Nairobi News

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The National Authority for Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Nacada) has raised concern over the prevalent consumption of alcohol in the presence of children.

Nacada said that due to Covid-19 restrictions, some parents take alcohol at home and this exposes children drug and alcohol abuse

Nacada Board of Directors Chairperson Mabel Imbuga said there is an upsurge in the online sale of liquor which exposes the youth to the risk of alcohol abuse since they easily access the commodity through online outlets.

CONTAINMENT GUIDELINES

She said that due to e-learning, most youths can easily access alcohol and anything they yearn for.

Prof Imbuga, who spoke on Friday during an occasion to observe the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (Idada) 2020, said that some bars allow revellers to drink in the closed premises in total disregard of the government’s Covid-19 containment guidelines.

“Social distancing, and use of facemasks and sanitisers are totally disregarded in these bars [when the liquor takes effect]. To address these Covid-19-related challenges, Nacada is working with the Ministry of Interior and other security and law enforcement agencies to address these Covid-19 related offences and other alcohol and drug abuse crimes and wish to warn those perpetuating the wrongdoings that the law will catch up with them,” she said.

The country, she said, faces a serious challenge of alcohol and drug abuse that threatens to reverse hard-earned socio-economic development.

Data obtained from numerous surveys conducted by Nacada and whose findings are published in their site highlight a growing drug problem especially among the youth and the threat this challenge poses to the country’s socio-economic development.

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According to a national survey conducted by the authority in 2017, alcohol was cited as the most used substance of abuse with 12.2 per cent of persons aged 15 – 65 being active consumers of the commodity.

Alcohol use also contributes to the highest-burden of substance use disorders (SUDs) with 10.4 per cent of the population aged between 15 and 65 years being addicted to it.

Among school-going children, the situation is grim as 20.2 per cent of primary school pupils have ever used at least one substance of abuse in their lifetime according to the national survey on primary schools conducted in 2019.

“Online liquor sales have emerged as a big challenge. It is now easy for a youngster to order alcohol in the guise of an adult, from any of the easily available and accessible online suppliers then pick the commodity from anywhere away from their homes,” said Nacada Chief Executive Officer Victor Okioma.

Mr Okioma called for collective efforts in regulating the sale of liquor to the youth via online platforms.

June 26 marks an important date in Nacada’s calendar. It presents the authority with a chance to take stock of the gains they have made, the challenges encountered and the prospect of charting a collective way forward in the fight against drug abuse and trafficking.

This year, the day also marks the 32nd Idada commemoration, indicating that the world continues to recognise drug abuse as a global challenge requiring global interventions.

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47 counties have over Ksh 110B in assets, Ksh 57B in liabilities

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The 47 counties have assets worth over Ksh 110 Billion according to the latest report by the Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee (IGRTC).

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It has emerged that the committee had used Ksh 400 million to identify the assets against a budget of Ksh 4 Billion that had been projected by the defunct Transition Authority (TA).

This came as the committee tenure ended with a new team taking over the running of the committee on a six-year tenure.

According to the CS for Devolution Eugene Wamalwa, the outgoing team had done a commendable job in identifying the assets which were at risk of being grabbed.
Wamalwa noted that the committee had managed to identify 62,342 parcels of land, over 70,000 buildings and 2,600 cars owned by defunct councils.

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“According to the new report, Counties have assets worth Ksh 110B and liabilities running to Ksh 57B and we are grateful to this committee for a job well done,” he said.

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He questioned the budget proposal by the defunct Transition Authority which stood at Ksh 4B noting that the outgoing committee had used Ksh 400m.

“The rehabilitation of the old Nairobi-Nanyuki railway line used Sh1B from the proposed Ksh 21B and it seems that there is a big problem in some departments,” he said.

Speaking in Panorama Hotel in Naivasha during the handing over ceremony, he expressed his concern over an increase in cases of inter-governmental disputes.

“We are grateful that the IGRTC has helped solve some disputes between government institutions as the government has paid millions to lawyers during court cases,” he noted.

On the current revenue allocation impasse, Wamalwa was optimistic that Senate would help resolve the issue soonest possible.

“We hope that there will be sobriety in the manner that the senate debates and resolves this issue which is very critical in the running of counties,” he said.
On her part, the outgoing vice-chairperson Allyce Kureiya said that during their tenure they had managed to resolve eleven out of the 23 disputes between counties.

“The biggest challenge we faced was interference from other bodies and we hope the new team will get full support from the State,” she said.

On his part, the new acting chairman John Burugu was optimistic that they would deliver after their term tenure was confirmed to six years.

“We are ready to tackle the pending disputes between counties and we shall seek the support of the State in reaching our objectives,” he said.

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Kenya: Suspected Ethiopian Cattle Raiders Kills Herdsboy in Turkana

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Suspected Ethiopian raiders on Sunday evening killed a herdsboy in Lokamarinyang village in Turkana North Constituency.

Turkana County Police Commander Samuel Ndanyi said that the raiders were targeting to steal livestock during the 5pm attack.

“The boy died while receiving treatment at Lokamarinyang Dispensary,” he said.

Mr Ndanyi said that the raiders are taking advantage of the vast, remote and poor terrain to launch attacks on Turkana herders.

“Herders grazing their livestock near the border are vulnerable to attacks because despite the several security patrols, vastness and poor road network is still the main challenge,” the police boss added.

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He said that they have planned for a meeting to review the security operations along the expansive border with Ethiopia and South Sudan.

Turkana North MP Christopher Nakuleu condemned the attack, noting that the security situation along the border has deteriorated.

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Mr Nakuleu said that the raiders are using the well-executed attacks to instil fear among villagers so that they can move away from water points and grazing fields.

“How can raiders cross eight kilometres into the country, kill a boy and go back. The State should urgently boost security at the border to prevent incessant external attacks,” the legislator said.

He said that the recent disarmament that targeted national police reservists worsened the security situation.

But Mr Ndanyi assured residents that they will recruit new police reservists who will be working with police units because they understand the terrain.

Last month, the raiders killed a woman who was searching for wild cassava in Kibish near River Natodomeri.

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Governor Mutua orders closure of steel company over claims of pollution – Nairobi News

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The Machakos County Government has ordered the closure of Endmor Steel Mills, a company based in Syokimau that has reportedly been releasing emissions that polite the air.

The story was first highlighted on Citizen TV through an expose by Enock Sikolia on Sunday evening and gained traction on social media.

The Machakos County Government has now moved fast by ordering the closure of the facility until it meets some set guidelines.

“After complaints by members of the public, I dispatched my Minister in charge of environment to inspect Endmor Steel Mills and the complaints of air pollution,” a statement signed by Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua reads in part.

Endmor Steel Mills in Syokimau whose closure has been ordered for by Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua. PHOTO | JEFF KINYANJUI
Endmor Steel Mills in Syokimau whose closure has been ordered for by Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua. PHOTO | JEFF KINYANJUI

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“To safeguard the lives of our people whose respiratory systems are being affected by the pollution even rendering them in more danger during this difficult time of Covid-19, Machakos County Government has suspended the business license of the said company until measure in the attached report are dealt with,” the statement further reads.

Some of the recommendations set by the Machakos County Government to the company are for it to adopt clean production processes and to ensure occupational health and safety standards are followed.

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