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JAP officials lambaste Jubilee MPs

24 February 2016, 10:22 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - The Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP), Nyeri County officials have lambasted Mt Kenya Parliamentary Caucus on anti-illicit brews war.

The group led by their chairman, Wambugu Nyamu said the anti-illicit liquor tactics proposed by the parliamentarians would not solve the menace.

The MPs had called for destruction of houses and vehicles found carrying or storing illicit brews.

During a two-day meeting at Outspan Hotel, the MPs together with Senators, Governors, MCAs and other community leaders also called for closure of 115 companies which they alleged were manufacturing illicit brews.

However, the JAP officials said the methods were futile.

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“The problem of alcoholism is deeper than just the manufacturers and distributors. Burning of buildings and distributors’ vehicles will not solve the issue. Destruction of beer last year did not solve the issue,” said the JAP chairman during a press conference at White Rhino Hotel.

He stated that there is no political goodwill to end the menace.

Nyamu asked the Caucus to work on boosting income, job creation, eradicating corruption and prosecution of those manufacturing and distributing the brews.

“Compelling governors to act responsibly in licensing of these brews will solve the issue. For this to work, the leaders must be proactive. We have laws that govern liquor,” Nyamu stated.

He claimed that the traders of illicit brews are known and are being protected by County governments.

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