Illicit alcohol crackdown launched in Busia County

Busia County has launched intensive crackdown on illicit brews following the recent directive by Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS), Dr. Fred Matiangi.

Speaking to the press at the Busia Police Station on Thursday, the Busia County Commissioner (CC), Michael Tialal said that his team was committed to ensuring that sale of illicit brews was completely wiped out of the County.

We have different stakeholders such as the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KeBS), Public Health and NACADA to deal with counterfeits and we will join hands with security officers to ensure that our country is not destroyed by illicit brews, he said.

Tialal added that illicit brews have adversely affected the youth, families and the country’s economy.

Look at this kind of alcohol. This was meant for export but now it is being sold here, he said, adding that the government was losing taxes through such illegal practices.

We have already arrested one person who was found selling beer meant for export, he said, adding that this is one way of stealing from the government.

He further urged the local residents to stop the illegal business that has led to death of many Kenyans.

The CC added that they would comb all parts of the County and urged the residents to cooperate with them and volunteer information in order to save the future of the country.

Tialal added that they are also sensitizing members of the public to sell legally accepted liquor as a way of being sensitive to the safety of their clients.

The Head of NACADA delegation, Rosemary Apiyo, expressed confidence that the exercise will be a success.

Apiyo added that similar exercises have been launched in Kisumu and Kakamega Counties.

Source: Kenya News Agency