Former NACADA chairman John Mututho has dismissed plans by NASA government to legalize chang’aa if elected in office.

Mututho termed the statement by Raila Odinga as reckless noting that the country was already rearing from the effects of alcohol and liquor consumption.

According to him, the country already had over 6m liquor addicts majority of whom were students in universities and tertiary institutions.

While on a tour of Western Kenya, Raila promised that he would legalize the brewing of chang’aa as one way of supporting local brewing.

Already, the Deputy President William Ruto has dismissed the promise adding that the number of youths engaged in the vice was worrying.

And on Wednesday, Mututho joined the debate adding that there was urgent need to set more rehabilitation centers in the country.

Mututho who is eyeing the Nakuru County gubernatorial seat termed alcohol as one of the major problems facing youths in the country.

“It’s saddening that honourable RailaOdinga is promising to legalize chang’aa which has incidentally killed hundreds of our youths,” he said.

Addressing the press in Naivasha, Mututho said that for the last one year his rehabilitation centre had treated over 600 addicts.

“Anyone seeking to be a governor or a president in this country should think about addressing the issue drugs and liquor consumption,” he said.

He noted that since the 2015 presidential directive on fight against illicit brews, little had been done to fight the vice with more bars opening up under county governments.

Mututho accused the devolved system of watering down the gains made through the alcoholic control act which had regulated the consumption and sale of alcohol.

“The county governments have introduced weak liquor by-laws and in the process we have seen an upsurge in consumption of liquor across the country,” he said.

Mututho said that there were over 80 private rehabilitation centers, four owned by the government and eleven others under construction.

“Majority of these centers are questionable and it comes at a time when the number of addicts in the country has hit 3m with Central Kenya leading in liquor addicts,” he said.

The former Naivasha Mp added that 50 percent of students in colleges and universities were exposed to substance abuse.

“There are many more youths across the country who are addicted to drugs and alcohol and we are asking the government to come to their aid too,” he said.