Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu has vowed to camp in Kiambu County areas that are adversely affected by consumption of outlawed liquor in his quest to tame the brewers.
Waititu is optimistic that Kiambu county assembly will this week pass to law the Alcoholic Drinks Control amendment bill following completion of public participation forums in all sub counties within Kiambu last week.
Waititu who sponsored the bill seeks to have the age limit of alcohol consumers be raised from 18 to 21 years, cancel all wine and spirit outlet licences, compel bar owners to display list of their sellable brands, tame manufacture of illicit brews and lengthen the distance between location of bars and schools.
Speaking at Gatunguru village in Gatundu North after attending a church service at AIPCK church, Waititu said he is ready to battle court cases in his fight against the vice.
“Illicit brew manufacturers and consumers should settle what is remaining in their stores now because after the Alcoholic Drinks Control amendment bill is passed to law this week, I will camp in harmfully affected areas to ensure that we tame this vice that has killed our people in the past, facilitated upsurge of illiteracy levels and breakage of families,” he said.
He said that unlike the previous operations which were led by local authorities, he would be in the forefront, accompanied by residents and county askaris to drown brews and arrest the manufacturers.
The governor said that Gatundu North and South were the most affected constituencies singling out Makwa, Chania, Gatukuyu, Nyamang’ara, Mundooro and Karatu villages.
“I am a victim of illicit brew in the past and my mission is clean. I have the goodwill to transform the people of Kiambu by arresting that which has deteriorated their economic and social growth over the years. I will fight the illegal brews day and night and before completion of my term, a legacy of zero brews will be written down,” he vowed.
He said that he was ready to engage the manufacturers and the consumers to commence other income generating projects to shun the illegal business.