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Alcohol manufacturers want President to review 'business of death' directive

07 July 2015, 18:48 Jackson Okata

Nakuru - Alcohol manufacturers, bar owners and distributors in the larger Nakuru County have asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to rethink his strategy to crackdown on ‘Business of Death’.

Arguing that the process has been overtaken by looters, arsonists and people with bad intentions whose aim is to keep them out of business, the operators questioned why officials allow the youth accompanying them to destroy and burn down their premises.

Citing the losses they have incurred since the operation started last week, the operators are seeking the President's intervention to save their businesses from ill-willed people.

Read Also: Alcohol owners sue Government over violence, looting

“What puzzles us is that not all of us are selling illegal brew. These people won’t spare even genuine products bearing official Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) and East African Breweries Limited (Eabl) stickers. It’s like their aim is to loot and destroy,” lamented Waithaka Muchiri, the Chair Nakuru alcohol manufactures association.

“We plead with you Mr President. Come up with a more organised way of this operation as nobody is going to take responsibility fort hese losses. We have heavily invested here but somebody seems not to care,” he added.

Two leading alcohol producing factories have been torched by angry youths barely four days into the operation.

The operators have threatened to move to court to get an injunction to temporarily halt the process until more organised structures are set up to oversee the operation.

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