Lenku warns against laxity in toxic brew war

July 18, 2014 3:59 pm
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More than 20 people were killed last week after consuming toxic brew in Uasin Gishu and Nandi counties, barely three months after similar deaths of 80 people in Embu, Murang’a and Kiambu counties. Photo/FILE.
More than 20 people were killed last week after consuming toxic brew in Uasin Gishu and Nandi counties, barely three months after similar deaths of 80 people in Embu, Murang’a and Kiambu counties. Photo/FILE.
NAIROBI Kenya, July 18- Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku on Friday directed all Government agencies fighting drug abuse to work in harmony and stop the blame games which have led to deaths of hundreds of people in the country.

Lenku who was addressing a stakeholder’s forum on alcohol crisis in the country said heads of government agencies will be held responsible if they fail to enforce the law in their respective jurisdictions.

He was particularly concerned with the government chemist for failing to detect toxic alcoholic drinks which continue to kill Kenyans across the country.

“The government chemist clearly we are unhappy with your performance…you are not doing your work,” he stated. ““It makes no sense at all, it’s unacceptable…it is corruption driven and it must change course.”

Lenku also called on the Anti-Counterfeit Agency to ensure that there were no fake alcoholic drinks in the market.

More than 20 people were killed last week after consuming toxic brew in Uasin Gishu and Nandi counties, barely three months after similar deaths of 80 people in Embu, Murang’a and Kiambu counties.

“Police should enforce the law effectively and ensure that only licensed alcohol manufacturers and retailers are allowed to operate,” Lenku said, “We shall also identify and raid alcohol and drug manufacturer’s suppliers and traffickers on monthly basis.”

He has announced plans by the government to acquire narcotic drug detecting equipments to boost police operations across the country in fighting the drug menace.

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