Members of County Assembly in Ruiru sub-County have vowed to fight against illicit brews and illegal alcohol businesses operating without a legal alcoholic drinking license.
While speaking on Sunday at PCEA Church Hall in Ruiru during a public participation on alcoholic drinks control bill drafted by the Kiambu County Assembly, the County Chief Whip and Biashara Ward MCA ,Elijah Njoroge put the illegal operators on notice saying they will fight hard to eradicate the illegal brews.
He cautioned the operators that the county administration will not tolerate illegal businesses, adding that most of them have resulted to selling illicit brews under the counter.
The MCA expressed the need to have a collective responsibility between his office and the residents in a bid to fight rising outlets selling illicit brews.
Njoroge told those operating illegal businesses to relocate from the locality, as he will only allow licensed bars to operate in his biashara Ward.
I will not be corrupted by anyone neither will I entertain anything compromising the lives of my people, the Chief Whip warned.
He further noted that he shall not accept illegal businesses in the area which will render the youths to be unproductive to the society. The high consumption of alcoholic outlets has brought poverty among the young generation to a point that has compromised on their education status, he said.
His sentiments were echoed by Mwihoko Ward MCA, Benson Kamau who said that they will advocate for creation of alcohol free zones to help in controlling excessive consumption of alcohol among the youth.
Kamau added that regulation and control of alcoholic outlets would curb alcoholism and therefore create a more sober society.
The County Director of Alcoholic Drinks Control, Michael Kang’ethe has also promised to work jointly with the Members of the County Assembly to fight excessive consumption of alcohol and eradicate illicit brews being sold illegally in the villages.
The Director added that the proposed alcohol control draft Bill will regulate issuance of alcohol licenses in the fight against illicit brews.
As a County, we are convinced that stiff measures should be in place to regulate drinking, and that the issuance of licenses will be controlled to fight counterfeits brands in the market. This will also ensure that those who hold licenses do not abuse them by engaging in other businesses of selling illicit brews under the counter, Kang’ethe said.
The move was supported unanimously by religious leaders who attended the event led by their Chairman, Pastor Paul Mbuthia of restoration church of faith Ruiru.
He promised to work jointly with the elected members of the County Assembly and also local administration to fight illicit brews in the society.
In 2016, excessive brewing and consumption of illicit brews especially in Mt. Kenya region was declared a national disaster by President Uhuru Kenyatta following numerous deaths arising from the menace.
Source: Kenya News Agency