99 Chiefs Sacked Over Illegal Liquor

The government yesterday announced that it has sacked 99 chiefs for allowing illegal liqour in their areas of jurisdiction. Disciplinary action has also been taken against 15 police officers for abetting the consumption and distribution of illicit drinks.

“The officers include five OCPDs and five OCSs,” Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery said in a statement yesterday. He said he has asked the Inspector General of Police of Joseph Boinett to ensure the officers are punished as per the law. The operation to destroy illicit liquor was ordered by President Kenyatta two weeks ago.

Nkaissery said 15 million litres of second-generation spirits have been destroyed. Also destroyed are 686,000 litred of kangara and 577,000 litres of traditional brews, including busaa and muratina. He said 448 illegal drinking dens have been destroyed, 542 illegal bars closed, and 54 sachets of heroin and cocaine seized. Some 2,500 rolls of bhang were netted while 20,000 suspects have been arrested and are being prosecuted.

Nkaissery said 7,000 people have died in the last four years through alcoholism. “It is on this premise that the ongoing campaign against illicit liquor and harmful spirits is based and will continue,” he said.