The National Committee on Citizen Participation in Security (CPS) chairman Joseph Kaguthi has called on the Judiciary to impose stiffer penalties on those peddling drugs and selling illicit brew across the country.
Speaking to KBC , Kaguthi called for concerted efforts between the police, the Judiciary and members of the public in eradicating the illegal business.
The Chairman cited various counties in the country where efforts to deal will illegal liquor is being hampered because of lenient court fines.
He accused the Judiciary of frustrating the fight against illicit brews and drug abuse in Murang’a County by releasing those found committing the vice on free bonds barring punitive action against them.
“The Executive is doing a lot in the crackdown down on illicit brew but Judicial officers in Murang’a county are frustrating the efforts. They must work together with the government by being part of the solution and not part of the problem” said Mr Kaguthi.
The committee which oversees the implementation of the Nyumba Kumi initiative is conducting campaigns across the country to sensitize Kenyans on the dangers posed by illegal liquor.
Kaguthi indicated that the business and selling of bhang has turned various youths into zombies despite having been productive initially.
He said the crackdown on illicit alcohol will be sustained until the region is free from the vice.
“The Judiciary should read the mood of the country, we do not want to kill our children, what is being done is illegal. We must save them by collaborating with the government to eradicate the vice” he added.
He said pouring of illicit brews by administrators is deceitful and shows that the Judiciary is unable to curb the vice by imposing hefty fines and jail sentences that will stop the brewers from engaging in the trade.
“It is wrong for suspects to walk free in Murang’a whereas in Kajiado and Kirinyaga counties culprits are fined between Ksh 50,000 to 70,000. The courts need to play their part if the war against illicit brews is to succeed” he stated.
While calling for concerted efforts in the war against the illicit brews, Kaguthi pleaded with residents not to despair but continue reporting incidents by sending a message starting with the name of your county to 22068.
The residents can also call police hotline numbers 999 / 112 / 911.