Officers intensify crackdown on illicit brews

Nakuru West Deputy County Commissioner, Elmi Shaffi, has warned government officers against abetting the illicit brew trade, as the vice would jeopardize development efforts in the area.

He expressed concern over the involvement of rogue police officers, who were colluding with illegal spirits dealers, adding that, investigations was underway to expose the culprits.

The days of illegal brewing of offensive drinks are numbered, and we will not relent, until we have dealt conclusively with the vice, he added.

DCC was speaking in his office, Tuesday, after he led a crackdown, which netted over 3000 litres of the illicit brew, in Ronda and Kaptembwa Slums, within the Sub-County.

Shaffi noted that the involvement of law enforcers in concealing the activities of illegal spirits sellers, was making the fight against the vice more difficult, but said that they would soon be reined in.

He noted that some of the liquor sellers and distributors were using fake licenses purported to be from the authorities, but added that, the county government was in the process of streamlining the issuance of those licenses, so as to identify the fake ones.

The operation comes in the wake of a renewed push by Interior CS, Dr. Fred Matiang’i, for a sustained onslaught against illegal brews.

Meanwhile, in Gilgil Sub-County, 145 litres of illicit brew was destroyed during a crackdown carried out in Bondeni slums, of Gilgil town.

The joint raid was carried out by area Assistant County Commissioner Catherine Njoroge, Administration Police officers and area Chiefs.

The area ACC, however, said no arrests were made during the incident, as they managed to escape before the administrators got to the scene.

Source: Kenya News Agency