The county assembly of Trans Nzoia has called on security enforcement agencies in the region to end harassment of Alcoholic Drinks Sellers who have been hit with a delay in the issuance of liquor licenses.
The entrepreneurs said they have suffered huge losses occasioned by constant police harassment following a refusal by the area county government to renew their licenses despite paying for the service.
“The county assembly created the necessary legal framework through the Trans Nzoia County Alcoholic Drinks Control Act of 2018 that provided for the licensing and regulation of alcoholic drinks,” said house speaker Joshua Mutoto.
In accordance with the Act, the county assembly undertook the vetting and approval of the members of the County Alcoholic Drinks Control Board established under Section 4 of the Act but its activities have never been operationalised.
“The county government has not issued us with the liquor license yet we have applied, paid fees and undergone the necessary inspection while all other businesses have been issued with licenses,” said the group’s secretary Priscillah Lumbasyo.
They said the harassment and frustration has greatly affected their businesses since resumption after a five months break following a presidential directive necessitated by the Covid 19 situation in the country.
“We have been forced to terminate the services of most of our employees as a result of the tough economic times. This means the county has suffered in terms of reduced revenue and job losses,” said the group’s chairman James Kinuthia.
They have now called on the county government to facilitate the issuance of the liquor licenses to ensure their businesses run smoothly saying they have fully complied with the ministry of health protocols with regard to Covid 19 containment.