Nyeri County Implements Stringent Measures: Employees Given Ultimatum to Choose Between Work and Bars

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. “Any manufacturer caught producing illicit brews will face a fine of Ksh 10 million, a ten-year prison sentence, or both,” detailed the bill.

 By Nyaguthii Wambugu

In a decisive move aimed at curbing the proliferation of illicit alcohol within Nyeri County, Governor Mutahi Kahiga has issued a stern ultimatum to county employees who are also proprietors of bars.

‘From today, I have asked all my employees to choose whether they want to work or operate bars. I have given them seven days to comply; failure to do so will result in termination of employment,’ declared Governor Kahiga,”

Governor Kahiga emphasized the necessity of avoiding conflicts of interest, asserting, “As a county, we cannot condone a situation where individuals are employed by the government, tasked with enforcing these new laws, yet simultaneously operate establishments that contravene them.”

The newly enacted legislation, unanimously passed by the assembly, imposes substantial penalties on offenders. “Any manufacturer caught producing illicit brews will face a fine of Ksh 10 million, a ten-year prison sentence, or both,” detailed the bill.

Moreover, distributors of such contraband beverages will not escape scrutiny. “A distributor knowingly distributing such drinks will be liable to a fine of two million or imprisonment for two years,” the bill stipulated.

Bar owners found guilty of selling adulterated alcoholic beverages will face severe consequences as well. “A person found selling adulterated drinks will incur a fine of Ksh 500,000, a two-year prison term, and permanent forfeiture of their license,” the bill outlined.

While applauding the legislative efforts, Nyeri Town MP Duncan Maina underscored the need for concerted action in the battle against illicit brews. However, he criticized the security apparatus for alleged lack of cooperation, stating that police stations have become ‘toll stations.’

Senator Wahome Wamatinga advocated for a political solution to combat the scourge of illicit alcohol, urging elected leaders to galvanize public sentiment against its consumption.

“We have a role to play in eradicating these brews. We can mobilize residents and say no to these alcohols; we must not fear losing votes,” emphasized Wamatinga.

Providing an update on the enforcement efforts, Nyeri County Commissioner Pius Murugu disclosed that 773 bars have been shut as part of the crackdown on illicit brews.

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