Kiambu Court restrains Waititu from implementing alcoholic law

Written By: Hunja Macharia

Kiambu County bar owners have obtained an order restraining Kiambu County Government from implementing the alcoholic and drinks control act.

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The order comes barely a day after Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu signed into law the act, and ordered the immediate closure of all bars in Kiambu county pending fresh reapplication for licenses.

The owners vowed to defy any move to close down their businesses and dared the Governor to make good his threats.

The alcoholic and drinks control act had paved the way for the closure of all bars, wines and spirits outlets in the County, with the County Government insisting that those operating such businesses should apply for licenses afresh.

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The court order has now set the stage for a showdown between the County Government and the liquor business community who maintains their businesses are above board.

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Waititu announced the ban yesterday blaming the high number of alcohol outlets in the County for the rising cases of alcoholism.

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He said bar owners will now be vetted as they apply for new licenses to weed out those selling illicit and second generation alcohol.

But speaking after obtaining the court order Kiambu bar owners’ association chairperson Richard Kagiri the act is in bad faith arguing that as stakeholders in the sector they were not consulted on the same.

He said the association observes high standards in their businesses saying they operate within the law.

Waititu has in the meantime appointed former NACADA Chairman John Mututho as an advisor on illicit brews and drug abuse.

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Meanwhile, the Governor has launched an ambitious tree planting campaign that aims at planting 1 million trees in the County within a month.

Waititu hosted officers from the Kenya Forest Service where he urged residents to take advantage of the rainy season and plant at least 10 trees.

He warned that the ban on tree cutting still stands and any resident caught harvesting trees without a warrant will be prosecuted.




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