Kenyan khat transporters face crackdown

April 14, 2010 12:00 am

, MERU, Kenya, Apr 14 – Central Eastern regional Provincial Commissioner Joseph Kimiywi has directed traffic police in the region to deal firmly with drivers of miraa trucks whose reckless speeding poses danger to motorists using the Maua-Meru-Nairobi highway.

He said there was nothing really special about the vehicles which are driven at high speeds with full lights on ostensibly to ensure the product they transport did not wilt before getting to the market.

Mr Kimiywi has also detailed all 17 District Commissioners in the region to commence a crackdown on the production and consumption of illicit brews in their respective districts.

Speaking during the official launch of the third phase of the Rapid Response Initiative (RRI) in Meru Town, Mr Kimiywi at the same time urged the courts to pass stiff sentences on brewers and sellers of illicit liquor in order to wipe out the menace once and for all.

He said the DCs had also been instructed to control the proliferation of bars in their districts through the district liquor licensing courts to ensure easy availability of alcohol did not impact negatively on development.

He said in the next 100 days the provincial administration should have stepped up the maintenance of law and order by eradicating illicit brews and reducing incidences of cattle rustling especially in the eastern and northern parts of the region.

The commissioner encouraged the public to partner with the government to reduce crime in the spirit of community policing regretting that since its introduction, the policy had not yielded much due to unwillingness by members of the public to volunteer information to security agencies.

“It is your duty as citizens to support programmes introduced by the government to facilitate better service delivery,” Mr Kimiywi stressed.

The third wave of the RRI which was last week launched by Internal Security Minister Prof George Saitoti will include corruption prevention, community policing and crime prevention, disarmament, banditry and cattle rustling prevention, alcohol and drug abuse prevention and traffic management.

The thematic areas, Mr Kimiywi noted, had posed a challenge to the mid eastern region’s development as envisaged in the Kenya Vision 2030 that will largely be dependent on a secure environment for business to thrive.

He reminded civil servants that as coordinators of government business and implementers of its policies they should not allow corruption to thrive in public offices and corrupt practices must be dealt with in accordance with the law.


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