Devolution CS and two Nyeri MPs decry return of killer brews

A Cabinet Secretary and two MPs from Nyeri have decried the return of killer brews that have for long haunted the Central Region.

Devolution CS Mwangi Kiunjuri, Kieni MP Kanini Kega and his Mukurwe-ini counterpart Kabando Wa Kabando said it was discouraging to see the sudden return of illicit liquor months after the presidential campaign to rid the region of the menace.

Speaking Friday in Ngamwa village, Mukurwe-ini, during the burial of Mzee Gana Ngure, 93, Kiunjuri warned that no provincial administrator condoning the vice in his or her area of jurisdiction will be spared.

“Any chief or assistant chief allowing the sale and consumption of illicit liquor must go home,” said the CS as he called on Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery to also crack the whip on police officers abetting the same.

He further said all bar operators must strictly adhere to the stipulated time of operation or else risk losing their licenses.

Kabando regretted that efforts of eradicating the second-generation brews menace were being thwarted by county governments through their arbitrary issuance of bar licenses.

He noted that 17 MPs already have court cases instituted against them by manufacturers of these killer brews who aspire to continue with the trade by all means possible, saying their efforts need more government support.

On his part, Kega said if unchecked, the region was destined to slowly slip back to the era where almost all the villages were burying alcohol victims every other week.

He said they will be forwarding names of provincial administrators and police officers abetting manufacture, sale and consumption of illicit liquor in their areas to the Interior CS for action.

By Samuel Waititu