Hundreds of cartons of illegal and expired liquors were impounded in a sting operation against second generation and illicit alcohol in Nyeri Tuesday morning.
The raid, carried out by a task force comprising of several government agencies involved in matters of food safety and security, netted expired alcohol, those manufactured under expired licenses and not compliant with licensing requirements.
The crackdown comes amid fears that the brews that have in the past been blamed for rampant alcoholism among the youth were creeping back into the market following the 2015 exercise that saw millions of liters destroyed.
Officers from NACADA, Kenya Bureau of Standards, Kenya Police, Public Health Department, Kenya Anti-Counterfeit Agency, Kenya Revenue Authority and the National Environment Management Authority who make the task force targeted distributors and stockists.
At one depot in King’ong’o area of Nyeri Central Sub-county hundreds of cartons of Moonlight and Nile Tot manufactured by VinePack Ltd of Thika were impounded.
Nyeri County Police Commander Ms Jacinta Wasonga said the beverages were not only expired but were found to have been manufactured under a Kenya Bureau of Standards Certificate that expired last year.
Ms Wasonga said the owner of the depot would be arraigned in court soon.
At the beginning of the exercise, County Commissioner Frederick Shisia said the crackdown this time round would target manufacturers, their distributors and stockists with a view to authenticating the brands they are offering for sale.
NACADA Central Region Co-ordinator James Macharia Wanyui said the crackdown was meant to ensure sanity in the alcoholic beverages market and was being rolled out simultaneously in 25 counties around the country.
He added that they will also be checking whether all liquor outlets comply with the law and if any are near schools.
No liquor outlet should be within 300 meters of a learning institution.