Nairobi 31 March 2023
Nairobi City County Deputy Governor H.E Njoroge Muchiri accompanied by County Secretary Jairus Musumba, CECM For Business and hustler opportunity Ms. Rosemary Kariuki and the Sector Chief Officer Ms. Zipporah Mwangi today officiated the inauguration of appointed members to the Nairobi City County Alcoholic Drinks Control and Licensing Board and Sub County Liquor Licensing Committee.
Deputy Governor H.E Njoroge Muchiri
The Liquor Board and the Sub County Committees are established under the Nairobi City County Alcoholic Drinks Control and Licensing Act 2014 which provides a law for control, Licensing, regulation and general administration of the manufacture, advertisement, sale and consumption of alcohol drinks in the County. This is the 4th Liquor Board appointed since this function was devolved from the National Government.
In his remarks H.E the Deputy Governor asked the new appointees to ensure that there was proper implementation of the Liquor act and the county Government policy on Liquor Licensing.
“When Governor Sakaja and I took over the leadership of this County, we promised to ensure a City of Order, dignity and hope for the people of Nairobi. We came in at a time when the residents of Nairobi were complaining about excessive noise coming from entertainment joints. There was no order, licenses were issued in total disregard of the law. We have since made a number of changes at the Liquor Board secretariat with the view of enhancing efficiency in service Delivery. You are here today because of the changes we have made”.
The Deputy Governor went on to applaud Waziri Rosemary Kariuki and Chief Officer Zipporah For making tremendous progress in stream lining the operation of the Liquor Board. In her Remarks the CECM Congratulated the new appointees asking them to practice their new mandate with effectiveness and efficiency.
Said Ms. Rosemary “it is a great honor to serve the residents of Nairobi and we believe that all of you are dedicated to discharge their functions selflessly with integrity, effectiveness and efficiency as per the laws and regulations of this sector and this city. Liquor sells is a form of trade and you are expected to ensure that proper trade is done across the chain, from manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and to also make sure that alcohol is not sold to minors.”
The Chief Officer Ms. Zipporah said that the sector is expected to support growth of business while focusing on creating new job opportunities and supporting the businesses with finances through credit loan schemes.
Said Ms. Zipporah “we are in the process of policy formulation to enable develop legal framework that will guide in disbursement of Biashara loan targeting 10 million per ward across the 85 wards within Nairobi. As a sector we are looking forward to a Cordial working relationship with each one of you and we expect a professional collaboration that will enable us deliver timely and quality service to Nairobians in a manner that will ensure there is order, dignity and opportunity for all.”
Also in attendance was the Newly appointed Chair to the Liquor Board Mr. Mike Raba, Chief officer security and compliance Tony Kimani and Chief Officer social services George Mutiso.