In a bid to curb escalating spread of Covid-19, Witeithie OCS Martin Murimi has instructed his officers to immediately start arresting and prosecuting liquor outlet operators serving patrons at the counter.
Murimi also approved the arrest and prosecution of persons found drinking liquor at the counter.
He regretted that most alcohol consumers are not wearing masks and engaging in alcohol drinking sprees less mindful of the containment measures imposed by the government among them social distancing.
The Police Chief maintained that the deadly virus is real and will continue to spread if urgent interventions are not made.
“Previously we used to hear victims from far and wide. today it’s a family member, a close friend or neighbor. Let’s take this disease very seriously before it reaches fever pitch,” he said.
He said his officers will throw a dragnet to apprehend all those not adhering to Covid-19 protocols.
“We shall round them up and arraign them in court to face the law,” he said.
At the same time, the officer warned traders that failure to display their operating licenses will land them in court for contravening the punishable offence.
He urged the businesspeople to be vigilante and avoid falling prey to fake police officers extorting money from them and instead make immediate reports when cornered by any suspicious character.
He said although the new Kiambu County Alcoholic Drinks Act allowed bars to operate till 11 pm, he would enforce the current curfew guidelines where bars must close down at 9pm insisting that the national government decree is superior to that of County.
Witeithie MCA Julius Macharia Taki decried that crooked officers from areas outside his jurisdiction have been invading the vast ward to extort money from unaware business persons, an illegality he vowed to fight to the end.