• April 24, 2024
  • Last Update April 23, 2024 10:40 PM
  • Nairobi

Gachagua visits injured police boss, issues warning to illicit alcohol brewers


By Peter Ochieng

Deputy President (DP) Rigathi Gachagua on Monday visted a senior police officer in hospital, who was injured during a crackdown against brewing and consumption of illicit alcohol in Kiambu county.

Juja Officer Commanding Station (OCS), Chief Inspector John Misoi is receiving treatment at the Avenue hospital in Thika, after coming face to face with illicit alcohol brewers and sellers during a recent crackdown in Gachororo, Kiambu.

The DP issued a stern warning against what he termed as increasing attacks on police officers in the ongoing nationwide crackdown, on illicit brew and drugs.

He said attacks against security officers in line of duty will not be tolerated. “Tough action will be taken against the perpetrators of this attack and anyone who will attempt similar acts against officers leading this fight,” Said Gachagua.

Two suspects believed to be among those who attacked the police officer have already been apprehended, and arraigned in court.

“The war on illicit brew and drug abuse is ongoing. There will be no relenting, despite the resistance we face. Criminals showing impunity towards attacking officers will be pursued relentlessly,” warned the DP.

He said from the look of things, the crackdown is bearing fruits, adding that the war is far from over.

“Kenyans are now sober, and reports indicate a reduction in alcohol consumption. While we have made significant progress, the fight is not over. We remain committed to eradicating illicit brews and drugs from our society.”

“We stand with our officers and urge them to continue the war against illicit brew and drugs without fear. Our commitment to police reforms remains steadfast, with plans underway to address their welfare concerns,” he added.

The second in command reiterated the government’s commitment to implementing recommendations of the task force on police reforms, including reviewing officers’ terms of service and providing insurance coverage for those injured or killed in the line of duty.

The taskforce chaired by retired Chief Justice David Maraga, recommended among others, increase of security officers’ salaries, better housing and change of the current police uniform.

The fight against alcohol and drug abuse has seen some police officers and chiefs attacked in retaliation.

Gachagua and his wife, Pastor Dorcas Gachagua has been at the centre of the fight, supported by National Government Administration Officers (NGAOs) across the country.

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