Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Local Brews are now Legal

Finally alcoholics in Kenya have a reason to smile. Muratina,Kumi Kumi and all their cousins are now legal and one can enjoy the drink without fear of being arrested, harassed or having to hide from relatives.

Last week's approval by the government of the free consumption of local brews after a ban of more than twenty years by the Moi government leaves one to wonder whether Kenyan drinking attitudes have shifted towards a more responsible drinking culture or whether the government has finally admitted that the local brew are a money earner. Perhaps soon all those chang'aa dens will be equipped with tax id and Electronic Tax Registers so that the revenue department can get their cut from the consumption.

Read more from David Mathai here.