Nyandarua vows to slash bars to 200

Nyandarua’s National and county government officials have vowed to reduce the mushrooming number of bars to 200 and make the county hard drugs free.

The Central Regional Coordinator (RC), Wilson Njega led the delegation in destroying illicit brews and bhang recovered during the ongoing operations in the area.

Njega warned that consumption of such liquors was bound to jeopardise development in the area.

He regretted that the bars that were triple the number of schools in the region, would be reduced to allow efforts to be channeled to starting schools.

A small child treks for several kilometers to school, while grownup men only walk for short distances to bars.

The county government should reduce these to at least one per village as there is no harm if a grown up treks for 30 kilometres in search of liquor, he noted.

The RC added that the national government would help in enforcement.

The County Assembly Speaker, Ndegwa Wahome regretted that the County liquor laws that allowed bars to continue operating were an impediment to the ongoing efforts to wipe out the liquor.

If politicians do not want to disturb the status quo of liquor in the county, we will. We better save a generation than remain in office doing nothing, he remarked during the event at Rurii health centre on Monday afternoon.

His sentiments were echoed by the County Executive member for Youth and Education, Ms. Faith Mbugua who regretted that the bars that were 213 before devolution, had rose to 1,268 by 2016, with the number still going up by day.

The County Commissioner, Boaz Cherutich lauded the political good will that his officers had enjoyed during the operation.

Cherutich termed it a positive gesture towards eradication of illicit liquor that found its way to Nyandarua from sources as far as the neighbouring Uganda.

It is the high time we disturbed the status quo and enlightened our people on the need to consume clean liquor, that has been certified and its dealers willing to pay revenue to the government, he observed.

Source: Kenya News Agency