Court orders man to pay sh. 100,000 fine for transporting Mnazi in Mombasa

Jerrycans of mnazi. Two police officers arrested enjoying mnazi with a crowd in Kilifi./COURTESY

Mombasa, KENYA: A Mombasa court has ordered a man to pay a fine of sh.100,000 for transporting locally brewed liquor ‘Mnazi’ in illegal packaging.

Peter Otieno pleaded guilty for transporting 440 litres of Mnazi that were not packaged in a manner that conforms to the requirements of alcoholic drinks control act.

Court heard that Mr.Otieno was arrested on Monday transporting 22 litres of Mnazi put in jerrycans in a probox in Changamwe.

Mombasa Chief Magistrate Julius Nang’ea ordered Otieno to pay a fine of sh.100,000 or serve a sentence of eight months imprisonment.

The Alcoholic Drinks Control (Amendment) Act, 2014 requires one to follow all the laid rules regarding packaging, display and everything that has to do with the manufacture of any alcoholic products.

Meanwhile, the Kenya Revenue Authority in February said it has finalized draft amendments to the Alcoholic Drinks Control Act which will give it some powers in the process of licensing distributors – a function currently in the hands of 47 regional governments.

Alcohol manufacturers, distributors, retailers and importers as well as the police in 35 hotspot towns have been sensitized on how to verify genuine alcoholic products using smartphones.