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Matiang’i orders Kiambu bars shut in anti-brews war

Mathew Ndung’u and Oliver Musembi @PeopleDailyKe

Interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i has ordered all Kiambu county bars to be closed with immediate effect. He consequently asked all bar owners to apply for new licences under the new Kiambu Alcoholic Drinks Control Act stipulations.

Matiang’i, who spoke in Makwa village, Gatundu North where he launched nationwide crackdown on illicit brews and other drugs said sale and consumption of illicit liquor has led to loss of innocent lives, destroyed families and affected development in the country.

Matiang’i lauded Governor Ferdinand Waititu for launching crackdown on the brews and initiating a programme to rehabilitate illicit brews addicts. “Kiambu has a history of sale and consumption of illicit brews. It’s the only county with more bars than all the primary and secondary schools put together,” he said.

Kiambu has 1,226 public primary and secondary schools. It has 3,062 licensed bars. “We have to solve this problem that has become Kenyan enemy number one once and for all.

We are burying more than 10 people from one village per week and this will not happen again under our watch,” he said. He said that the National government will partner with all county governments in the fight and took issue with the Judiciary for helping bar owners to continue serving by issuing court orders.

He urged them to join other arms of government in the fight. “Let us work together. We are one country. I urge the Judiciary to be part of the solution not part of the problem.

The challenges we are facing are our administrators battling court orders everyday,” he said. Chiefs warned He also warned police officers, chiefs and their administrators against abetting the vice by taking bribes vowing to crack the whip. “We will part company with you if you dare take bribes. We will act on every chief involved in the fight against illicit brews.

We are doing our best to support chiefs to deliver services to the people. You have no excuses to serve better,” he said. Waititu thanked Matiang’i for supporting him in implementing the newly enacted.

He urged those fighting his bid to value lives by accepting the new dawn. Gatundu North MP Wanjiku Kibe said at least seven people have died in the last one month in the constituency over alcohol related problems.

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