7 bars closed in a week

Seven bars were closed in Kiambu County in the month of September 2017 during an operation jointly conducted by the security personnel and the public administrators.

In a report to the Kiambu County Commissioner and availed to KNA by Assistant County Commissioner, Jared Ratemo, 2, 971 people were arrested and arraigned in court facing offences related to drunkenness.

In the weekly returns on national campaign against illegal portable spirits and illicit brews for the week ending September 29th, three dens were destroyed to rid the area of dingy hideouts which sell the killer drinks.

The alcoholic drinks have contributed to a myriad of social and economic problems that have affected the community.

In only one week from September 25 to 29, 74 litres of chang’aa, 900 litres of Kangara and 80 litres of Karubu were impounded in an operation that saw three dens being destroyed and three that were sellingthe second generation beers being closed down.

The operation then managed to net only six people in connection with the drinks.

The weekly report released to KNA on Wednesday shows 935.525 litres of chang’aa were confiscated by the enforcement officers and ferried to various police stations as exhibits in cases where those who were found in its possession were arrested with 98 bottles of assorted jebel and Vodka and two Keg pumps of second generation brews.

A total of 8,133 litres of kangara and 8,925.5 litres of muratina was also recovered from the dens as the security personnel endeavoured to clear the region of illicit brews.

During the period under review, 8,061 rolls of bhang, seven stones and 5, 657.6 kg of green leaves of the drug was impounded. 55 plants that were found in farms in various parts of the County were destroyed.

At least six people were arrested while in possession of cocaine and heroin which is a prohibited drug.

A spot-check by KNA revealed that majority of those charged with being drunk and disorderly were committed to community service order for a day in various government institutions among them Kiambu and Karuri Police stations, Kiambu hospital, Probation, Kiambu County government offices and the law courts.

However, some 20 people were fined each to pay Sh. 1,000 in default to serve one month imprisonment on September 26th 2017 by Kiambu Principal Magistrate, Justus Kituku. They all paid the fine.

Source: Kenya News Agency