, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 1 – Kiambu Governor William Kabogo has criticised Kabete Member of Parliament Ferdinand Waititu for raiding bars in the county claiming he was fighting alcoholism among the youth.
Kabogo stated that such action was counterproductive as it encouraged hooliganism which may lead to increased crime.
“I am fighting this issue of illegal brews that you are talking about and I do not advertise my activities. Just go to Thika Stadium and see the amount of illicit brew that we have nabbed every day. It is an offence to raid people’s bars and break them. This is wrong. We know you and this is not the place where we will be producing thugs too,” he declared.
The Kiambu Governor further emphasised the need for a long term solution in the fight against alcoholism as opposed to vandalising people’s premises.
“We are saying that we are the ones who license bars. So if you see a licensed bar, it has been inspected by the County Government. And if there is anyone who is doing something illegal in the bars, go to the police. Go and report there. We must make it our goal to ensure that the youth get jobs which can help them in their lives,” he said.
Bar owners whose businesses were vandalised have threatened to sue Waititu for leading the demonstration that led to property destruction.
The youths who raided the bars spilling alcohol were accused of massive looting and are also said to have taken advantage of the situation to drink.
The youths are said to have raided even licensed bars and destroyed alcohol and electronic equipment while helping themselves to the same liquor.
According to Waititu, alcohol is causing a lot of problems in the county and he stated that his actions were prompted by women who held demonstrations against alcoholism in the county.
According to Kabogo however, this is an exercise in futility which encouraged other vices. He emphasised the need to come up with a viable solution to tackle the menace of alcoholism in the county without creating other problems.
Kabogo was speaking in Tigoni where he commissioned the building of a Sh160 million 200-bed capacity hospital to be constructed at the Tigoni Health Centre which will benefit residents
During the occasion, the Kiambu Governor reiterated the County Government’s commitment to improve health service delivery.
He also announced plans to build a Sh6 billion hospital in Lari under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with the American Landmark Health Centre.