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49 Arrested in crackdown on illicit liquor dens in Kisii

49 Arrested in crackdown on illicit liquor dens in Kisii

Kisii

Thursday, March 14 2024

KNA by Illah Moraa and Wilberforce Oduor

A Multi-Agency security team in Kisii County have arrested 49 people and destroyed 32,950 litres of kangara (busaa) plus 1370 litres of chang’aa during the ongoing national crackdown on illicit liquor dealers.

Speaking during a crackdown at Makutano area in Kisii town, Kisii County Police Commander, Mr. Charles Kases said they had also closed 92 bars and nightclubs that were operating illegally in the county during the operations.

“In the process of the operation, eight people were also arrested in the Makutano area as they were preparing cannabis sativa rolls for sale,” Kases noted.

The Police Commander confirmed they had nabbed about 46 rolls of cannabis sativa in the area.While addressing the press, Agnes Ogega who is a resident of Makutano said that many young men were involved in drugs and substance abuse in the area.

Ms. Ogega urged the residents to work hand-in-hand with the security agencies to help eliminate the illicit brew business and sale of marijuana.Joseph Akweyah, another resident, called on the government to provide jobs for the youth so that they can focus their minds on meaningful activities instead of abusing alcohol and drugs.

The ongoing national crackdown follows a directive issued on March 6th by the Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Prof. Kithure Kindiki ordering the immediate shutdown of bars and alcohol outlets operating in residential areas and near educational institutions.

The CS also announced the suspension of licenses issued to second-generation alcohol distillers and manufacturers.

This directive came after a tragic incident occurred in Mwea East in Kirinyaga County, where 23 people died after consuming illicit liquor.

Courtesy; KNA

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