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Governor hampering war on illicit brew

08 September 2015, 08:12 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri -  Kieni MP, Kanini Kega has condemned the county government of Nyeri for issuing licenses to bars and pubs that had been closed down during tha crackdown on illicit liquor.

Kega decried that liquor business is back to normal in his constituency.

Speaking at Chaka Township on Monday after storming several pubs, Kega stated that the reopening of the businesses that had been shut down is hindering efforts to lethal brews in the county.

“The County government is licensing bars selling second generation and illicit brews. The bars had been forcibly closed down by members of the public. County government must stand with the people,” said Kega.

Read Also: Illicit brews have killed 30 000 Kenyans since 2009

During the crackdown, beer traders defended themselves saying they had operation licenses issued by the County Government.

Several of them were arrested for opening bars before the stipulated time and selling unlicensed brews.

Kega, who was accompanied by Kieni East deputy County Commissioner James Chacha, advised the government to involve public before licensing any bar business.

He stated that licensing should be within the legal framework.

The MP further asked the Judiciary to impose heavy penalties on those found selling second generation brews.

“Am shocked that courts are imposing simple fines of less than KES 5 000 to businessmen found selling killer brews. Judiciary must support public interest to wipe out brews which have destroyed lives of young people and families,” Kega noted.

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