MP blames police of promoting chang'aa drinking
30 December 2013, 16:30
Emuhaya - Emuhaya MP, Wilbur Ottichilo has accused police of promoting the drinking of illicit brew, leading to cases of insecurity in Luanda and Emuhaya constituencies.
Ottichilo said that the police at the Luanda police station were deliberately sleeping on job, by allowing a chang’aa den to operate at a close proximity to the station.
“It is very unfortunate that while we are trying to fight down the level of insecurity in this region, the police are allowing a chang’aa den to operate at its neighborhoods without abolishing it,” Ottichilo said.
The statement was however refuted by Emuhaya police boss Benson Kilonzo, who said that there is nothing like that in the region, unless if the MP was referring to licensed chang’aa dens that operate in the town.
He also said that alcohol has never been a cause of soaring insecurity in the region because the police have tamed down the insecurity to greater heights as compared to some months back.
“We are doing our best in this region to tame down insecurity. Alcohol is not insecurity. It has been there for many years, and there is nothing we can do about it,” Kilonzo said.
Ottichilo spoke at Mulwakhi primary school, in Emuhaya constituency during the thanksgiving ceremony of Luanda Township county representative Tom Atingo, over the weekend.
Ottichilo added that a lot of alcohol in sachets is shipped into Luanda town from Uganda via the Kisumu-Busia highway that traverses the town, adding to the already sorry state.
Vihiga County governor, Moses Akaranga asked the police to devise ways of curbing chang’aa intake in the region because it was promoting to a lot of unemployment as those who take it, seldom work.
“Most of the chang’aa that is consumed in Vihiga is unfortunately not brewed in this place. It comes from Kakamega. Our people, should learn to avoid taking too much of it, and instead concentrate on constructive activities,” he said.
Vihiga police commandant Sarah Duncan said that the police in the region have helped tame down insecurity a lot, and promised to investigate into the incident that was reported by the Emuhaya MP.
Luanda town in Vihiga County has been notorious for hard drugs intake over the years, which has led to many people suffering addiction with no one in sight to help them out of it.
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