Interior PS fires 2 chiefs over killer brews

March 4, 2016 8:44 am
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Chief Peter Mureithi of Kieni North West Location and Assistant Chief Francis Ndwiga of Kiangungi Sub-location were fired during a public baraza officiated by Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho/FILE
Chief Peter Mureithi of Kieni North West Location and Assistant Chief Francis Ndwiga of Kiangungi Sub-location were fired during a public baraza officiated by Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 4 – Two chiefs in Embu have been fired due to their laxity in the fight against illicit brews.

Chief Peter Mureithi of Kieni North West Location and Assistant Chief Francis Ndwiga of Kiangungi Sub-location were fired during a public baraza officiated by Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho.

Overview

Close to 500 litres of an assortment of illicit brews were destroyed during the exercise that begun at 9am and lasted for four hours.

Two bags of bhang weighing close to 100kgs were also nabbed and destroyed.

The PS said this was the beginning of an aggressive campaign to stump-out illicit brews in the country.

Kibicho emphasized that the government will not tolerate administrators who abet brewing or selling of illicit and often lethal brews in their areas of administration.

The two chiefs were paraded in public before being stripped of their official caps and shoulder epaulets after the PS narrated to them their failings.

“This is the first warning shot to all chiefs and their assistants. If we find that your location or sub-location is a den for these dangerous illicit brews and drugs that have caused death and so much havoc among our youth, the Government will not give you a second chance,” the PS stated.

He further stated that the Government was focusing on chiefs and their assistants because as officials closest to the grassroots, they knew or ought to know the perpetrators of illicit brew menace.

He also cautioned County Commissioner and other senior administrators that they too will be held to account if the illicit brew menace persisted in their areas.

“After the chiefs and assistant chiefs, we shall move up the ladder if this problem persists. So Assistant County Commissioners, County Commissioners and Regional Coordinators you too should be in the frontline in the war against Illicit brews and drugs,” he said.

Earlier, PS Kibicho toured several parts of Embu County where he led a team of administrators and security officials in a spirited campaign to destroy captured illicit brews.

Close to 500 litres of an assortment of illicit brews were destroyed during the exercise that begun at 9am and lasted for four hours.

Two bags of bhang weighing close to 100kgs were also nabbed and destroyed.

During the exercise, PS Kibicho who was accompanied by Secretary for National Administration Arthur Osiya, Secretary.

For Internal Security Amos Gatheca, Eastern Regional Coordinator James Ole Serian, Embu County Commissioner Esther Maina and senior officers from National Police Service also raided the residence of a notorious manufacturer in the area.

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