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Nyeri women demonstrate over chang’aa

29 August 2012, 14:59 James Kabotia

Irate women of Gakawa Location at Kieni East in Nyeri County paralyzed easy flow of traffic along the Nanyuki-Nyeri highway for the better part of today’s afternoon alleging that their children have taken to chang’aa, yet the administration is compromising with the brewers.

They claim that the chang’aa dens are located near schools and their children do not attend to their homework as they return home heavily drunk.

The women who had blocked the busy highway by laying twigs of thorns and stones said that both boys and girls have been drawn into the drinking sprees, adding that they sell valuable households in their homes so as to satisfy their quest for the readily available chang’aa and other drugs.

“Our children ceased schooling long time ago because even their own teachers are taking our young daughters into those chang’aa dens with them. Whom are our leaders going to govern after this forthcoming elections if at all these are the kind of youths we are rearing”, said Mrs Josephine Wanjiku.

“Yesterday I washed my skirt and aired it outside to dry but I was shocked when I returned home from Toll shopping centre, only to find that my skirt was missing. My daughter sold it out and came back at midnight being heavily drunk”, said Mrs. Tabitha Muthoni.

It took the help of the nearby Toll Police Post officer and area chief to clear the demonstration and open up the highway for motorists.

The area Gakawa chief David Wamae read to them a letter sent from Kieni East DC that stratified that all unlicensed bars operating illegally were going to be closed down instantly.

Speaking to the media, Wamae chief confirmed that there are lots of unlicensed bars operating near schools and that they will soon face closure.

"It is true that there are unlicensed bars operating 20 to10 meters near schools" said Wamae.

The women insisted that their children drink chang’aa during broad daylight and that many of them have died.

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