War on drugs and illicit brews continue in Central region

Written By: KNA/Grace Maina
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The war on illicit brews, counterfeit second generation liquor  and drugs in Central Kenya will continue to be sustained until the region is rid of the menace, Regional Commissioner, Wilson Njega has said.

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Njega said the fight against these vices would be extended beyond the 100-day Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) period that commenced on March 1 and be made part of daily routine for security officers.

He reported that tremendous progress had been made since the war started, but the onslaught had to be sustained to ensure the vice that was not only a threat to consumers’ health but also to national development, was completely eradicated.

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“This fight cannot be a one day affair, we must continue and sustain it beyond the 100 days and make a daily affair,” Njega said at a meeting with Nyeri security teams on Friday.

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The Commissioner reported that over 32,000 liters of chang’aa, 53, 000 liters of kangara, 10,000 liters of muratina and molasses as well as 2,000 cartons of assorted counterfeit second-generation liquors had so far been destroyed.

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He continued and said that 2,945 individuals had been arrested and charged with contravening various provisions Alcoholic Drinks Control Act and some 294 bars closed down.

On the part of drugs, the commissioner reported that bhang was the most abused drug in the region with over 10,000 rolls and stones having been seized and destroyed.

He reported that the problem of proliferation of second-generation liquor was more rampant in counties of Kiambu and Nyandarua due to their proximity to major towns such as Nairobi and Nakuru where they are manufactured.

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The campaign has been a multi-agency task involving officers from the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Ministry of Health, NACADA, KEBS, KRA, Anti-Counterfeit Agency, County Governments and National Police Service.

Njega said the fight would be taken over by the county security teams once the other agencies exit upon the lapse of the RRI period.

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