By Ben Chumba

NAIROBI, Nov 19 (NNN-KBC) — Kenyan Interior Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Joseph Nkaissery has ordered the closure of 115 companies which are manufacturing alcoholic beverages for failing to meet statutory requirements.

Speaking when he received a report by the Inter-Agency Taskforce on Control of Potable Spirits and Combat of Illicit Brews here Wednesday, Nkaissery also ordered that their operating licences be withdrawn.

The task force, comprising officers from county governments and relevant national government agencies, was tasked with undertaking inspection on all firms manufacturing alcoholic beverages across the county in August.

The task force found 21 manufacturing firms in compliance with most statutory requirements, 115 manufacturing firms were recommended to close down their operations for failing to meet set standards while 41 were not traced in the registered locations.

The Interior Cabinet Secretary said the government had noted a resurgence of the second generation brews in some parts of the country and called on county governments to crack the whip at illicit brewers.

Among the recommendations put forward by the task force was a proposal to have manufacturing firms prohibited from setting up shop in residential areas or within 300 metres from any nursery, primary, secondary school or any other learning institution. — NNN-KBC