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MP scolds govt for firing Chiefs over illicit brew

08 July 2015, 09:48 Jackson Okata

Nakuru - Bahati MP, Kimani Ngunjiri has defended the provincial administration against claims that they have failed to curb the illicit brew menace in the country.

Ngunjiri said that police, chiefs and their assistants are not to blame for the menace as they do not authorize the manufacture and sell of such brews.

Speaking Tuesday in Nakuru town Ngunjiri said it was wrong for the government to sack chiefs and their assistants for failing to stop the sale of illicit brews as that is the duty of the Kenya Bureau of Standards and NACADA.

“We are not disputing the fact that there are some chiefs who have had something to do with the brewing but others have not. It is hard to know counterfeit liquor once a genuine Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) sticker is placed on the liquor bottles; why then should you go punishing innocent chiefs when the people who should be sent home are at KEBS?” asked Ngunjiri.

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He added: “If a chief goes to a club and is shown a bottle of alcohol with a KEBS sticker, he will not arrest anybody because it shows that whatever is being sold is genuine.”

Ngunjiri castigated KEBS officials for colluding with rogue sellers of counterfeit alcohol which has ended up killing people.

He alleged that some KEBS officials issue stickers to bar owners who sell the fake spirits.

“The President should fire them and have them charged in court because they have in more than one way betrayed the people of Kenya. These are the people who should carry the burden of deaths resulting from consumption of poisonous drinks ostensibly certified by KEBS,” said Ngunjiri.

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