Alcohol owners sue Government over violence, looting
06 July 2015, 18:58
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
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.
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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