, MURANGA, Kenya, Aug 15 —President Uhuru Kenyatta Saturday said that the crackdown against illegal alcohol will not relent and the Government will soon start mechanisms to rehabilitate youth you have been affected by the addiction.
The President said the National Government and counties will soon embark on programs to empower the thousands of youth who were rendered economically unproductive by the consumption of illegal alcohol.
The Head of State spoke in Muranga town when he presided over a fundraising for the Catholic Diocese of Muranga for the construction of an income generating conference centre.
President Kenyatta thanked leaders who supported the efforts by the Government to bring an end to the production and consumption of illegal alcohol in the country.
He said illegal alcohol has broken down the youth and families in many parts of the country, adding that no effort will be spared in the fight against its production and use.
“When you turn the youth into addicts of illegal alcohol you are crippling the society and the whole country,” he said.
Muranga Governor, Mwangi wa Iria, said President Kenyatta will be remembered for spearheading the crackdown on illegal alcohol.
“You have given us social freedom because majority of our youth were shackled and now there is hope,” he said.
The Governor said illegal alcohol had literally colonised the society and the crackdown was akin to another liberation.
“You might not know the magnitude of what you have done for us but you will be remembered in history for spearheading this war against illegal alcohol,” said Wa Iria.
President Kenyatta also passed his condolences to the families of the students from Muranga who died in the sea a few days ago when they went for a holiday to the coast.
The President said those who are given a responsibility to be in charge of children should take their jobs seriously and ensure they do not place them in danger.
More than Sh110 million was raised at the fundraiser with the President donating Sh6 million. The chairman of Equity Bank, Peter Munga, donated Sh5 million.
The funds will be used to construct a conference and retreat centre called CDM Runda Conference and Retreat Centre whose initial cost is estimated to be Sh144 million.