The Pubs, Entertainment and Restaurants Association of Kenya (PERAK) has warned that 80% of its members may never recover from the current economic crisis if the ban on the sale of alcohol in bars and restaurants is not lifted.
In a press conference, the association said the extension on the ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages in bars and restaurants could cripple their businesses even further.
PERAK further warned that the continued ban will not only affect the livelihoods of over 1.6 million people who directly depend on the sector but will also promote the sale of illegal brews.
Last week, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed players in the alcoholic beverage industry in conjunction with the Ministry of Health to formulate self-regulation protocols to enable the sale of alcoholic beverages.
The association further expressed its displeasure with a proposal by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) to increase excise duty on alcoholic beverages saying it would further cripple the sector which has already been hit hard by the effects of the covid-19 pandemic.