The Thika sub-county security team will be conducting raids on illicit brew dens twice a weeks in efforts to eradicate the illegal vice.
The team observed that the brewing and sale of illicit brews had relapsed in the area during the electioneering period but they will use all the government machinery to arrest all the perpetrators and put an end to the illegal business.
Thika Assistant County Commissioner (ACC) Caleb Nyongesa speaking to press in his office today said that the vice was on the rise assuring that the security team was committed to working with other stakeholders in its eradication.
“On Monday the Thika Sub-County security team led by the Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) Tom Anjere conducted a raid along the banks of River Chania and we were able to destroy changaa, Kangara and the brewing equipment,” explained Nyongesa.
Nyongesa added that on Thursday a team comprising of officers from the Administration Police (AP), regular police, chiefs and Municipality Assistant County Commissioner Gerald Mugambi conducted another raid where they destroyed 1, 000 liters four of Changaa and 1, 200 of Kangara.
“In Thika town we don’t have any cases of either brewing or sale of the illicit brews because of the tight security and police patrols that we conduct, we aim to do the same to the grassroots and ensure that there is not a single illegal brewer in Thika sub-county,” said Nyongesa.
He warned the brewers and sellers that the raids will continue until all of them are arrested and taken to court.
“We are working with our counterparts from Gatundu because we share the Chania River, when we chase the brewers from our side they ran to Gatundu and vice versa and therefore only joint efforts can bear any fruits,” he explained.
He warned that Chania River is no longer a safe haven for the brewers advising them to look for alternative legal businesses before they catch up with them.