Kenyans from all walks of live are in a celebratory mood after the government through the Health CS Cleophas Maillu banned Shisha in the country.
The Kenyan Government via the Ministry of Health has banned Shisha in Kenya just days after former NACADA boss John Mututho and Hon. Aden Dualle asked the government to follow into the footsteps of Rwanda and ban Shisha in Kenya.
In a tweet on his timeline, Hon. Aden Dualle the leader of majority in the Kenyan Parliament had said that Kenya needs to follow Rwanda and ban shisha smoking in Kenya.
We need to follow Rwanda and ban shisha smoking https://t.co/HhL0eemOiy
— Hon. Aden Duale (@HonAdenDuale) December 27, 2017
Rwanda banned Shisha just two weeks ago on the 14th of December. Kenya is now the third country after Rwanda and Tanzania which banned Shisha in July last year.
Through a gazette notice dated 28th December 2017, the Health Cabinet secretary Cleophas Maillu has stated that the Kenyan Government will henceforth not allow the import or sale of Shisha in Kenya.
“No person shall import, manufacture, sell, offer for sale, use, advertise or distribute shisha in Kenya,” read part of the notice by the Health CS.
The legal notice further states that no person shall allow, promote, facilitate or encourage, or do anything to allow, promote, facilitate or encourage Shisha smoking in Kenya.
A fine not exceeding Kshs. 50,000, or a prison term not exceeding six months, or to both shall be the penalty for any person contravening the ban which takes effect with immediate effect.
A repeat offender will face a further fine not exceeding Kshs. 1,000 for each day of flouting the ban.