County commissioner declares war on illicit liquor, outlawed groups

Nyeri County Commissioner, Yatich Kipkemei, has declared a one month Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) campaign against illicit liquor and outlawed groupings that were slowly creeping back in the area.

The move comes barely a week after Central Regional Commissioner, Wilfred Nyagwanga, raised the red flag over re-emergence of illicit liquor and criminal gangs in some parts of the region including Kiambu, Murang’a and Nyeri.

The County Commissioner said the intensive campaign was geared towards completely wiping out illicit liquor menace from the area as well as dismantling the pockets of criminal gangs that were regrouping.

“We have realized and identified that there are some few pockets of illicit liquor and second generation brewing dens as well as groups of criminal gangs that were emerging in the area,” the CC reported.

Speaking Wednesday during a meeting with area security team including Deputy County Commissioners, Assistant County Commissioners, Chiefs and their assistants, Yatich said the war would be sustained beyond the RRI period to ensure the two vices are totally wiped out.

To ensure the success of the war, the administrator said they intend to employ a multi-agency approach by bringing all security players on board including the Nyumba Kumi clusters as well as members of public.

“We have agreed to use a multi-agency approach by bringing all stakeholders to forge a common approach in this war,” said the administrator.

He nonetheless warned that Assistant County Commissioners would be held personally responsible for proliferation of illicit liquor and criminal gangs in their areas of jurisdiction.


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