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Chiefs are required to submit a list of illicit brewers

Chiefs and headsmen have up to Wednesday, April 19, 2023, to submit the list of illegal brewers and sellers within their jurisdiction.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has directed the administrators, insisting that they must support security officers in the fight against illicit brew in the Central Region.

“Chiefs and headsmen know the brewers and where brewing takes place,” said the DP.

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“We give them up to Wednesday, to submit the list so that an action is taken. Illegal brewing and drinking in Mt Kenya must come to an end.”

The second in command has embarked on a fight against illegal brewing in his home backyard, lamenting that the alcohol menace adversely impacts the region.

Mr Gachagua said the alcohol challenge has rendered Central Region unproductive, with the youthful men making it a routine to wake up to quenching thirst every morning.

“You see, the alcohol problem has made our men unproductive even in marital matters. We will not continue like that,” insisted the second in command.

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On Friday, the DP convened a consultative meeting with the region’s top police chiefs to discuss fighting against the alcohol menace.

Issuing a stern warning to security bosses who will not support his bid as well as those who will be compromised in the cause, Gachagua said the operation, which has since started in Mt Kenya, will be extended to other parts of the country.

The region’s governors and elected political leaders also attended the meeting.

Inspector General of Police, IG Japhet Koome, and his newly appointed deputy, DIG Douglas Kanja, regretted that even in their home backyards, Meru and Nyeri, respectively, youths were enticed in alcohol.

“For this, we can assure you (referring to the DP) we will crush the illegal brewers and manufacturers. Where we come from, youths have been held hostage and are no longer productive,” the police bosses promised.

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