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War against illicit brews

07 March 2012, 15:31 Tony Ndung'u Karomo

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The Chief for Ntakira Location in Imenti North District of Meru County has urged residents from the area to adopt alternative means of livelihood instead of engaging in illicit brewing to fast track development in the region.

Speaking to the media, James Mwenda said there were many small business opportunities in Meru Town that only required a small capital to operate.

Mwenda said since the operation on illicit brews begun last October, there were many brewers who had resorted to small businesses in the Gakoromone market and other small markets within Meru Municipality.

He claimed many involved in the practice were women following the so many cases they are handling where men have been complaining over their spouses failure to abandon brewing.

The area leader said many families were breaking up due to the brews adding that they were also being prepared or kept under unhygienic conditions including toilets and bath rooms.

A combined effort by village elders and sub chiefs today impounded 700 litres of “muna” arresting some owners but others locked themselves up.

Mwenda said key victims of the practice have been cheating courts that they were living in abject poverty when in reality they even have permanent houses.

He commended the media for highlighting the cases of illicit brew arrests saying some parties in his area had stopped brewing after seeing stories on crackdowns.

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