Unlicensed bar operators in Nyandarua County have been warned against selling brews without legal authorization from the government, as they risk prosecution. Nyandarua Central Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) Gideon Oyagi also noted that they will from today commence a crackdown to ensure only the licensed ones were operating.
Speaking at an event in Ol-Kalau town, Oyagi regretted that sale of alcohol by unlicensed bar operators was posing a great danger to consumers who stand a risk of taking lethal generational drinks.
“As the Security sub-county committee we will from Friday commence a scrutiny on all liquor selling points to ensure that they abide by the Nyandarua County Alcoholic Drinks Act 2019 and the County Alcoholic Drinks Control Regulations 2021,” he said.
The DCC noted that scrutiny of the joints will ensure that those selling illicit brews were shut down and operators prosecuted.
Early this year, the Nyandarua County assembly enacted the County Alcoholic Drinks Control Regulations 2021, to help reduce and mitigate the negative health, social, and economic impact on communities resulting from the production, sale, and consumption of alcoholic drinks.
The move also aimed at adopting and implementing effective measures to eliminate the illicit trade of alcohol including smuggling, illicit manufacturing, and counterfeiting.
“Every business is governed by set laws and those saying that they will not apply for these licenses make sure you completely shut them down before we get to you. Even those brewing at homes we are coming for you,” he warned, noting that they will not relent on the war against illicit brews.
The administrator at the same time noted that excessive use of alcohol among the youth was hampering the economic growth of the country.
The crackdown on illicit brew comes days after 10 people succumbed to consuming illicit brews in the neighboring Nakuru County, a move that saw some of the administrators from the region interdicted.