Tana River County Commissioner (CC), Mbogai Rioba, has today launched a 30 day Rapid Result Initiative (RRI) on the elimination of substandard and counterfeit alcoholic drinks.
The County Commissioner said the exercise aims at sensitizing the public on the effects of substandard, counterfeit and illicit alcoholic drinks and eliminating illicit and counterfeit alcoholic beverages in the County.
He added that through the exercise, the Government will be able to enforce compliance with national standards in the manufacturing of alcoholic drinks.
CC further added the National Government is working with the Tana River County Government, to streamline licensing of liquor shops in Madogo and Garsen towns have been witnessing the mushrooming of liquor stores.
Rioba ordered Chiefs to start mapping villages, where illicit brew may be going on and to work closely with the police in apprehending the offenders.
“This is a multiagency exercise that will synchronize efforts of all departments, to deal decisively with substandard and counterfeits drinks. The Chiefs will identify all the places where the manufacturing and selling of illicit brew take place,’’ said the County Commissioner.
The nationwide RRI exercise that was launched last week in Nairobi by CS Fred Matiangi brings together Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA), Anti-counterfeit agency and County governments.