Nakuru gubernatorial aspirant John Mututho addressing the press after a church service at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Bondeni in Nakuru on June 06, 2017. He accused National Cohesion and Integration commission (NCIC) for not doing enough against hate-speech . Photo:Kipsang Joseph/Standard
Former anti-drug agency chairman John Mututho has lashed out at Opposition leader Raila Odinga over his proposal to legalise chang’aa if elected President.
Mr Mututho termed the statement as reckless, noting that the country is already reeling from the effects of alcohol consumption.
Mututho, the former National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse chairman, said the country has over six million liquor addicts, majority of whom are college students.
While on a tour of Western Kenya, the NASA leader promised to legalise brewing of chang’aa as one way of supporting the local industry.
Deputy President William Ruto has dismissed Raila’s sentiment, arguing that the number of youths consuming alcohol is worrying.
Mututho added that there is urgent need to set more rehabilitation centres in the country. The Nakuru gubernatorial aspirant termed alcohol as one of the major problems facing youths in the country.
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“It is saddening that Raila is promising to legalise chang’aa which has incidentally killed hundreds of our youths,” he said. He said more than 600 addicts had been rehabilitated in the past one year.