Kiambu county government has started a major crackdown against liquor outlets that don’t comply with alcoholic drinks act and covid-19 protocols.
Juja sub-county administrator Selina Murithii said the move was meant to contain the skyrocketing spread of covid-19 and also level the business playground.
While speaking to liquor outlet owners from Witeithie, Murithii said those targeted are those operating without 2020 license, those not adhering to covid-19 protocols and illegal wine and spirit joints. Those selling liquor before or after hours are also on the firing line. She told those selling brews without license to stop immediately and wait for January to apply for license.
“These people should be prepared to pay for 2020 and 2021 licenses plus penalty for default.” she said. The official said county government in conjunction with the multi agencies would not allow unlicensed business to thrive in the expense of licensed ones.
“If you are operating a wine and spirit outlet that is selling its product in pieces, kindly stop. Only wholesale operators selling bulk products will be allowed to do business,” the administrator said.
Witeithie senior chief Muchui Muiruri and OCS martin Murimi said they would not relent in enforcing the presidential order slammed on sale and consumption of alcohol.
Area MCA Julius Macharia Taki urged the government to look for ways of cushioning bar operators who have been adversely affected by covid-19 pandemic. “Most of these operators have been driven out of business,” Taki said.
The MCA urged the Kiambu County Government to embrace traders so that they can become good ambassadors of revenue collection.
Yesterday police from Witeithie arrested several liquor operators for flouting the above regulations. their fate is yet to be known. The raids were led by local OCS Martin Murimi.