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Kindiki reveals number of suspects arrested in ongoing illicit brew crackdown

Kindiki reveals number of suspects arrested in ongoing illicit brew crackdown

By Patricia Mollyne Mataga

Interior and National Administration Cabinet Secretary Prof Kithure Kindiki has issued an update on the ongoing operation against illicit alcohol and drugs.

The national operation has been ongoing for several weeks now.

It is aimed at getting rid of the killer brews and illegal drugs from the society.

A statement issued on Friday indicate that since the operation started, over 200 suspects have been arrested and arraigned in court.

Several illicit brew outlets have also been shut down and 15 kilograms of bhang nabbed.

“In the ongoing nationwide law enforcement program against killer brews, narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, 258 suspects have been arrested and arraigned, illicit alcohol outlets closed, 15kgs of bhang seized and 22 non-compliant pharmacies and 19 non-compliant agrovets shut,” Kindiki said.

Meanwhile, the CS issued a stern warning to security bosses over the operation.

He said every security commander will be held responsible should they fail to follow the laid down strategies.

“The Government will hold every Commander of a Security Agency across Kenya individually accountable for security breaches within their jurisdictions, except where it is demonstrable that they had taken reasonable measures to avert or mitigate the breach,” the CS said.

He also directed every County Security Team to adopt and implement a measurable Security Management Plan for maintenance of law and order, preventive security measures, effective command and control of subordinates and timely law enforcement.

CS Kindiki issued the statement while in Kitui Town after he concluded a situational review with Kitui County Security and Intelligence Heads.

He said he had tasked the security heads to address the security challenges facing the County.

“The resolution of disputes between farmers and herders and resolution of disputes over administrative boundaries remain the other key deliverable areas,” noted the Ministry of Interior boss.

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