County Commissioner issues stern warning to illicit brewers

Nakuru County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo has sounded stern warning to illicit brew dens.

Addressing journalists, the CC pointed out that illicit brew has no positive benefits to the society as it derails development.

The administrator stated that the administrators will not tolerate any illicit brewer.

At the same time he called on locals to ensure they work closely with police in wiping out those who are out to destroy young people through the illicit brew.

The County Commissioner who is also the Chair County Security Committee Team, used the opportunity to warn police officers who have tendency of taking bribes in the name of protecting the illicit brewers.

“It is illegal to engage in illicit brew business in the country.As administrators we shall work with all other agencies in wiping out the same and we urge members of the public to work with us on this” said the County Commissioner.



Burial ceremony halted as locals demand answers over illicit brew menace

Drama was witnessed in Matanya village of Kabatini Ward in Nakuru County after residents halted funeral ceremony demanding answers over illicit brew menace in the area.

The locals had attended the burial of a youth by the name Martin Njoroge whose succumbed after what is suspected to be consumption of illicit brew in the area.

Led by Evans Mwangi, the locals pointed an accusing finger at local administrators and police for failing to address the menace that has continued to claim lives of young people.

“It is saddening that many lives of young people are lost in this area due to illicit brew yet the government cannot address the same” he said.

Sentiments echoed by the deceased’s  sister Susan Wanjiku in an emotional statement to the press called on the government to step in and arrest the situation.

According to her, illicit brew menace has been derailing development  in the area, an issue she said the government should act.

“I am in grief over the death of my brother.I just pray that the government will step in to address the  issue of illicit brew which is rampant in this area” said Wanjiku.

Residents decry increased illicit brew business as middle aged woman succumbs

Residents of Jawatho village in Njoro Town Nakuru County have raised their concerns to the government over increased illicit brews in the area.

The locals say the illicit brew is now being sold in licensed wines and spirit shops, bars using the back doors and even being traded using Jeri cans.

Their concerns come after a middle-aged woman succumbed after drinking the illicit brews where she was found dead in her house on Friday evening.

The residents have accused police in Njoro saying that they have been making arrests but the sellers of the brews have been coming back to society after several days with locals now suspecting police might be taking advantage to get bribes.

“Police are to blame since the sellers have continued to operate even after arrests. It seems the police are taking advantage to get bribes from the sellers” said one of the locals.

According to the residents, the illicit brews are now being sold and men have been going home at midnight despite the currently imposed curfew.

Residents are now appealing to the government to act swiftly saying that men and young men have forsaken their responsibilities.

Njoro residents protest accusing police, administrators for colluding with illicit brewers

Police in Njoro were forced to use teargas to disperse angry residents who had blocked the Njoro-Molo Road accusing the police and local administrators of colluding with notorious illicit brewers in the area.

The locals who invaded two of dens illicit brew in Konza City and Jua Kali areas said the administrators had failed in the fight against the illicit brew which had let to the death one young person while another was undergoing treatment at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital after consuming the illicit brew.

They accused one brewer identified as Ms Njambi for her continued operation in the business despite raising their concerns to the area OCPD, Deputy county commissioner as well as Chiefs over the same.

The irate locals landed on the house of the Ms Njambi destroying her household before the police came in to her rescue.

The locals calling on County Commissioner Joshua Nkanatha to move in with speed and ensure there is reshuffle of the administrators in the area.

Led by Njoro Bodada Association Chairman Dominic Nyakundi, the locals said they will not relent until all the illicit brew dens are destroyed in the area.

They called on area MP Charity Kathambi and MCA to stand with them in the fight against illicit brew in the area.

“We are calling on County Commissioner Nkanatha to step in and ensure all the police officers and administrators are reshuffled in this area to enable the fight against illicit brew successful.As youth we will not watch as our fellows die of illicit brew” said Nyakundi.

Sentiments echoed by area youths led by John Njoroge alias Mtetetezi who vowed to work closely with others in ensuring all the illicit brew dens in Njoro are destroyed completely.

The youths calling on President Uhuru Kenyatta to step in and ensure the administrators in the area who are colluding with the illicit brewers are reshuffled.

“As youths we have decided no more illicit brew dens in Njoro and we are calling on President Kenyatta to visit Njoro and do something concerning our administrators and the police who have shown no interest in the fight” said Njoroge.

Njoro Business Community led by Andrew Mureithi also calling on government to ensure that the vise is eradicated in the area.

According to Mureithi when people die after consuming illicit brew it is a big blow to business and the society at large.

“This chang’aa has brought a lot of problems in our society and we are calling on the government of the day to do something so that we do not continue to loose productive people” said Mueithi.

Similar sentiments echoed by Businessman Mr.Kariuki who said it was wrong for such a vise to grow roots in society as administrators watch.

While condemning the police who used excessive force on innocent Kenyans who had taken up the initiative to end illicit brew in the area, Mr.Kariuki called on interior CS Dr Fred Matiang’i to make a visit to Njoro and ensure the matter is addressed.

“I want to condemn the police for using teargas on innocent Kenyans but also call on CS Matiang’i to visit this area” said Kariuki.

PHOTO/Joseph Makumi:Angry residents blocked the Njoro-Molo Road accusing the police and local administrators of colluding with notorious illicit brewers in the area.

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