, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 14 – Ninety nine chiefs and assistant chiefs have been dismissed alongside 15 police officers in the ongoing crackdown on illicit brews.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery says the 15 police officers include five divisional commanders and seven officers in charge of police stations who have been found to be supporting the consumption and distribution of illicit brews.
Nkaissery also says close to 20,000 suspects have been arrested countrywide and about 15 million litres of harmful second generation spirits destroyed.
Others include: 70,000 litres of chang’aa, 20,000 litres of ethanol, some 30,000 litres of methanol, an additional 686,000 litres of kangara while 577, 000 litres of busaa, muratina and kaburu have also been destroyed.
“The cardinal responsibility of the government is to protect life and property while at the same time providing a conducive environment for social economic development,” Nkaissery said.
Among other results of the campaign include destruction of 448 illegal drinking dens, 542 illegal bars, seizure of 54 sachets of heroin and cocaine as well as capture of 2,500 rolls of bhang among others.
He said the campaign against illicit liquor and harmful spirits will continue throughout the country until the menace is eliminated.
“The government is also aware that some unscrupulous individuals are hiding consignments of illicit alcohol. This is most prevalent in Naivasha, Nakuru, Ongata Rongai, Kitengela and Thika. If you are one of these there are two options, either voluntarily destroy the illicit brew in your possession or face the full force of the law,” he warned.
He also cautioned those dealing in importation of counterfeit goods as well as well as officials abetting these crimes that their days are numbered.
In the last four years, over 7,000 people have died while thousands of others remain crippled, rendered blind and reduced to alcoholics owing to the harmful drinks.