The National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) will collaborate with Kara in a campaign aimed at promoting society free from alcohol and drug abuse.

This follows the release of guidelines by the government on sale of alcohol during the pandemic period. Speaking during a ceremony to unveil the cooperation, NACADA Chief Executive Officer Mr. Victor Okioma pointed out that the COVID-19 pandemic had presented the Authority with a challenging environment within which to enforce its mandate.

“This agreement could not have come at a better time given that the novel coronavirus pandemic has curtailed our movements and stakeholder engagement activities. We are, however, leveraging on the networks by Kara to create avenues through which information will be shared amongst ourselves for the mutual benefit of both the organisations and the public. We will sensitise the associations to implement awareness and prevention programmes on alcohol and drug abuse, engage the associations to identify and report on bars operating in residential areas, and continue supporting the Mihadarati Awards for associations that excel in prevention campaigns.” Said Mr. Okioma.

Kara CEO, Mr. Henry Ochieng reiterated the need for mutual partnership as a means of fostering positive societal impact

“We are keen to join hands with Nacada to ensure that the guidelines are complied with and support resident associations to be able to monitor and take appropriate action against individuals who may flout the guidelines in their neighborhoods. We would also like to ensure that the residents understand their roles and responsibilities in the whole legal framework of drugs and alcohol control and are able to proactively prevent mushrooming of bars and liquor stores in residential areas.” said Mr. Ochieng

Other areas of cooperation will include: Public education and awareness campaign against alcohol and drug abuse; Supporting community-based rehabilitation and education programmes targeting victims of alcohol and drug abuse; Training and capacity building of Resident Associations on their roles and responsibilities in the fight against alcohol and drug abuse; Establishing monitoring and feedback mechanisms through Resident Associations in regard to alcohol and drug abuse among others.