Kajiado:Commissioner Nkanatha launches crackdown against illicit liquor

By Obegi Malack

Kajiado County commissioner (CC) Joshua Nkanatha has launched a 30-day Rapid Response Initiative (RRI) against illicit liquor and other substances in Kajiado County.

Nkanatha who accompanied with Kajiado West deputy county commissioner Morang’a Morekwa , county police commander Muthuri Mwongera, ACCs  Shebah Osiemo, Edith Njambia among other senior officers put on fire gambling machines, illicit liquor and other substances in Kiserian Kajiado West. He called on the administrators to lead the crackdown in their respective jurisdictions.

The CC warned locals operating unlicensed liquor shops and selling illicit brew, he said the operation will net several lawbreakers. “Gambling machines are banned in the country, those arrested will be taken to court, every police station should give reports on the exercise everyday,” he said.

Kajiado County Liquor Board Chair Jonah Marapash said bars should be closed at 7 pm, those operating past the set time were put on notice.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i had launched the nationwide crackdown last week directing Regional and County Commissioners to lead the crackdown in their respective jurisdictions.

The crackdown is targeting to eliminate illicit alcohol as the country heads to general election. Wananchi were directed to report people with illicit liquor and other substances by SMS to 988.

Interior PS Dr Karanja Kibicho had said alcohol is mostly consumed during election period around 30,000 Kenyans died from illegal alcohol or got blind during the last two general elections.

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