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Alcohol owners sue Government over violence, looting

06 July 2015, 18:58 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Alcohol manufacturers have sued the government over the chaos caused by president Uhuru Kenyatta's directive that illegal alcohol be dealt with.

The Association of Spirits Manufacturers  ASM of Kenya has sought an application at the High Court over the destruction of property in the campaign against illicit alcohol.

The association has sued the Interior Cabinet secretary, the Attorney-General, the Inspector-General of Police and Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu for the campaign that has seen property worth millions of shillings damaged.

The association claimed that rowdy gangs organised by Kabete MP Waititu Saturday invaded licensed bars and other legitimate outlets stocking their products and illegally destroyed property as part of the government crackdown on illegal liquor.

" Violent looting and wanton destruction of property has been tolerated and supervised by law enforcement as well as state officers though their members are fully compliant with laws relating to the manufacture of alcohol, They said through lawyer Karugu Muguku.

Judge Isaac Lenaola asked the ASM to serve the respondents with the suit papers before making a ruling on the merits of the matter Tuesday.

Muguku argued that their members are legitimate investors who are equally entitled to the right of protection and that the raids have resulted in a massive loss of property.

The raids have come after President Kenyatta urged members of the public to stop the distribution of the illicit liquor, even though a day later, he came out and urged the violence to stop.

It is reported that 8 people have so far died in the violent protests.

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