Crackdown on counterfeit liquor bearing fruit

Ongoing crackdown on counterfeit alcoholic drinks and sale of alcholol before the recommended time in Lodwar is bearing fruit.

A spot check by KNA revealed that clubs which used to sell alcohol before 5pm are now adhering to the law and opening at the recommended time.

The multi-agency crackdown which included officers from Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Bureau of Standards, public health officials and the police mainly drawn from Nakuru saw many bar operators and their employees arrested for breaking the Mututho laws and failing to abide by health requirements.

They were also charged before Lodwar law court.

The crackdown has been fruitful because most bars now open at 5pm and close at 11pm unlike in the past where most of them would flout the Mututho laws, said James Eregae, a Lodwar resident.

Alcoholism in Lodwar has been blamed for many vices, including crime, as well as lack of productivity, especially among the youth.

A local brew called Kaada is also responsible for poor health of the youth.

Turkana Central OCPD Joel Kirui has said the police will continue to be vigilant to ensure strict adherence to the Mututho laws.

We are not going to relent until we win the war on illicit brews and ensure that those selling alcohol follow the law, he said.

Source: Kenya News Agency