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Ensure you sell legitimate alcohol, traders told 

North Rift NACADA Regional manager, Eunice Arubia has reassured liquor traders that the ongoing crackdown on trade in illicit brews is not a punitive exercise by the government engaging in trade wars but a measure to guarantee safe business.

Arubia said the government is not interested in fighting their business but to ensure they sell legitimate alcohol which is good for human consumption.

She urged local residents to be at the forefront in helping the government to achieve its goal of entrenching sanity in the liquor trade since it’s for their own benefit.

Speaking at Kapsabet town during the launch of a Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) meant to fight illicit brewers and drug sellers, Ms Arubia called on bar owners to adhere to the stipulated hours of operation when carrying out their businesses.

 “The main purpose of this initiative is to ensure the production, sale and consumption of alcohol is done right. We are protecting human health as well as mental and financial stability. We cannot have people hooked on alcohol all the time; poverty will strike in,” Arubia said.

“Apart from illegal alcohol, drug dealers such as bhang peddlers were also targeted. The government has resolved to take matters at hand to help rescue its citizens since there have been many reports of deaths caused by this product.”

Speaking at the same event, Nandi East Deputy County Commissioner Leonard Mgute said they have teamed up as a multi-Agency team consisting of county government, security personnel from the national government, KRA, NACADA and KEBS to tame illegal brewers.

Nandi East Deputy County Commissioner Leonard Mgute ( centre) and North Rift NACADA Regional Manager Eunice Arubia(right) addressing the press

“We are putting across a warning to anyone who is dealing in illicit brews and selling of drugs. Nobody is above the law so if anyone is found then legal action will be taken. This problem we have had it for years and it’s high time we take action for the good of our community,” Mr Mgute said.

Nandi County Youth president Nicholas Kibet urged the youth to embrace the initiative adding they are the future parents and leaders and that the community looked upto them warning that if they engage in too much drinking and drugs they would lose focus.

“We recently had a case of a young man who caused deaths of two young people through a road accident. He was driving under the influence of alcohol. It is sad, this can be stopped,” Kibet insisted.

Chairperson of Kapsabet Matatu Association Mr. Simon Tuwei was happy that the bus station was chosen as the venue to launch the crackdown since that is where it is most affected. He said that drivers and matatu touts have been main victims of brews and drugs.

“In my village we have homes that have been turned into bars and they are well known to some authorities. The administration should stop taking bribes and take action. It is good you will work as a team, since it will be hard to bribe a whole group as opposed to an individual,” Mr. Tuwei noted.

The operation will be targeting manufactures, distributors and consumers of Alcoholic content.

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