President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Kenyans not to destroy property even as they scale up the war against illicit brews.
Uhuru said the crackdown on illicit alcohol will continue until the country is free of the menace, but added that looting and destruction of property must be avoided.
“Destroy the illicit alcohol but do not burn people’s property. We want to destroy killer brews, not property,” President Kenyatta said.
Uhuru was speaking on Sunday at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Kiambu town where he joined faithful for a Sunday Mass.
He asked illicit brewers to start other businesses in their premises as there will be slowing down the fight against illegal alcohol.
“The war against killer brews is necessary so that the youth can be part of national development,” Uhuru said.
Kiambu MP Jude Jomo said the ongoing crackdown has crippled the killer brew business in the county.
“The good thing is that the public is in total support of the move and has been at the forefront. The County Commissioner and the police have also worked with us,” the legislator said.
Kiambu Women Representative Annah Nyokabi thanked the President for the order against illicit brews. She asked for more funds for women projects.
Kabete MP Ferdinard Waititu said the war against illicit brews has been effectively carried out in Central Kenya but had not been fought well in Nairobi.
He also said a factory producing illegal alcohol was still “standing” in Kandara, Murang’a County, and blamed the police and government administration officers of complicity in the illicit brew business.
Uhuru’s remarks come in the wake of a sustained operation that has been reported in several parts of the country including the capital Nairobi.
On Saturday demonstrators destroyed consignments of liquor along Waiyaki Way.
In Kangemi however, a group of youths made off with boxes of an alcohol called Konyagi after another group had gone into a premise to flush out illegal liquor.