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Chang'aa fetches KES 7M in fines in Vihiga

10 April 2014, 12:43 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - A total of KES 7 million has been raised as fines imposed on brewers, sellers and consumers of chang’aa by the Vihiga Law Courts in the last six months.

A further 1 500 suspected criminals have been arrested and charged and 375 rolls of bhang impounded especially in Luanda town.

Revealing the information, Vihiga County Commissioner Boaz Cherotich said that this was in the spirit of fighting drug abuse and devising mechanisms of eliminating the vice completely from the society.

“We have intensified the fight against drug abuse in the county because most of the youths who abuse drugs are the ones who engage in crime. If we succeed in fighting drug abuse which is a security threat, everyone will be able to see an improved county,” Cherotich said.

Cherotich was addressing chiefs and their assistants at Sabatia sub-county deputy commissioner’s headquarters on Thursday, as they sought to constitute committees at the grassroots level that will help in the fight against terrorism.

He noted that chiefs have been integral in the fight against drug abuse in the region as they help nab suspected criminals and hand them over to the police.

He said that the committees will work in a bid to comply with the Ministry of Interior and National Coordination’s directives to hunt down terrorists, where suspicious characters are bound to be arrested.  

At Serem, in Hamisi constituency, while addressing residents in a separate meeting, Cherotich said that the county had received ten new vehicles to boost security.

“There will be no excuse for the police to say that there is no fuel. Their vehicles will be fuelled by the government and no one will be required to pay anything to get services from them,” he said.

He said they were going to give the residents the numbers to call in case of an emergency, asking them to utilise the services of security agents in the county to boost security, and further insisted on the need to embrace the spirit of Nyumba Kumi initiative by knowing their neighbours.

“We are in a bid to create a security friendly environment in the county so as the region should not stagnate in terms of achieving its development projects,” he said.

He warned residents who are still peddling drugs in the county saying that their days were numbered as they will not relent in fighting drug abuse.  

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