In Summary

  • Kuria says that the move is aimed at taming the spiking consumption of alcohol in the entire country
  • He also says that it will curb the production of the illicit and counterfeit brews.

Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria has now categorized all 250ml bottle of liquor retailing below Ksh. 250 under illicit brew.

Kuria says that the move is aimed at taming the spiking consumption of alcohol in the entire country.

He also says that it will curb the production of the illicit and counterfeit brews.

“If you find any wines and spirits [where] 250 ml is being sold for less than Ksh.250, it is illicit,” he said.

“We have done the math with KRA and we know the core structure so anyone selling liquor below Ksh.250 should be treated as a suspect with immediate effect.”

The communique according to Kuria has already been sent to the finance committee in parliament to be effected.

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Agreed prices to be published

He has similarly agreed with Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) acting commissioner general Risper Simiyu to publish the agreed prices.

“I have already talked to the Finance and Accommodation committee that any wine any wines and spirits should not sell the 250ml bottle below cost price,” he said.

“And that cost price is going to be published by KRA from time to time.”

The Trade CS has advised liquor consumers who will be affected by the price alteration to now turn to drinking milk since it is cheaper and will even cultivate a healthier lifestyle.

“Even if you complain that liquor is expensive it is okay at least there is milk which is cheaper. If you think Ksh.250 is too high start drinking milk.”

CS Kuria’s sentiments come amid an ambitious national crackdown on alcohol consumption by the government spearheaded by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua.


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