The National Police Service (NPS) on Friday, June 2, raided a home in Nandi East Sub-County where a businessman was arrested with over 6,000 bottles of illicit brew.
The man was operating the illegal business in his house despite a crackdown on illicit brew Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua launched in the Central and Rift Valley regions.
It was reported that the 47-year-old was arrested by a multi-agency team that seized over 344 cartons of the illicit brew.
"Police in Central and Rift Valley regions have sustained crackdowns to get rid of the illicit brews within their respective regions.
"On June 2, 2023, Nandi East Sub-County multi-agency team netted 344 cartons (6,885 bottles) of suspected second generation (alcohol brand) from the house of (a businessman) who was also arrested during the raid. We thank members of the public for their continued support through information sharing," NPS reported.
Gachagua was in the area on Monday, May 29, and directed all leaders, administrators, and security officers to crack the whip on all individuals selling illicit drinks to the youth.
In a meeting he held with the region's administrators, the team agreed to review the Alcoholic Drinks Control Act, 2010, and regulations to provide a formula for determining the maximum number of alcoholic outlets in a given area.
"The counties will also review their laws, regulations, and other frameworks to ensure a percentage of the licensing fees goes to rehabilitation and other efforts of fighting alcoholism and drug abuse," Gachagua stated.
"While the strategy is multi-agency focused in implementation, we made a step in identifying a monitoring processes to keep track of the progress for better interventions," he added.
The second in command emphasised that the Kenya Kwanza administration was set on ending illegal alcohol and substance abuse in the Rift Valley and across the country.
According to Gachagua, the menace was destroying the future generation disadvantaging the nation.
The DP has championed ending rescuing the youth from the shackles of illicit brew, especially in the Mt Kenya region.
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