Uhuru Warns Against Property Damage in Illicit Brews Fight

President Uhuru Kenyatta has cautioned Kenyans not to destroy property even as they scale up the war against illicit brews.

Emphasising that the crackdown on illicit alcohol will continue until the country is free of the menace, President Kenyatta said looting and destruction of property must be avoided.

“Destroy the illicit alcohol but do not burn people’s property. We want to destroy killer brews, not property,” President Kenyatta said.

The President was speaking Sunday at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Kiambu town where he joined faithful for mass.

He asked illicit brewers to start other businesses in their premises as there will be slowing down in the fight against illegal alcohol.

“The war against killer brews is necessary so that the youth can be part of national development,” he said.

The Head of State asked political leaders to stop quarrelling and use the funds they have been allocated to improve the lives of the people.

Kiambu MP Jude Jomo said the ongoing crackdown has crippled the killer brew business in the county.

“The good thing is that the public is in total support of the move and has been at the forefront. The County Commissioner and the police have also worked with us,” the legislator said.

Kiambu Women Representative Annah Nyokabi thanked the President for the order against illicit brews. She asked for more funds for women projects.

Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu said the war against illicit brews has been effectively carried out in Central Kenya but had not been fought well in Nairobi.

He also said a factory producing illegal alcohol was still “standing” in Kandara, Murang’a County, and blamed the police and government administration officers of complicity in the illicit brew business.

Earlier, State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu said the directive to crackdown on illicit brew must be implemented within the law.

He also warned implementers of the directive against misusing it to intimidate and interrupt businesses during the countrywide crackdown.

“This directive must be executed within the confines of the rule of law and natural justice. As such we do not expect to see unwarranted destruction of property of victimization of legitimate business,” he explained.

“Officers overseeing this operation must conduct themselves with decorum and must order their actions using the law.”