KENYA – In efforts to combat illicit brews, drug abuse, and substance abuse in Kenya, the government has shut down a total of 18,650 liquor joints and 14 distilleries in the ongoing national crackdwon according to Kenya’s Interior Cabinet Secretary. 

Interior CS Kithure Kindiki revealed the news while attending a briefing in Homa Bay county, where he emphasized the importance of these measures in safeguarding public health and safety. 

“12,150 premises which were operating across the 47 counties without licenses and 6,500 others which were licensed contrary to National Law on proximity to learning institutions have been shut,” he said. 

The CS commended the County Security and Intelligence Committee (CSIC) for its contingent efforts in the ongoing fight against illicit brews. 

Kindiki also revealed plans to table new legislations in the fight against illicit brews in the parliament. He stated, “New stringent laws to combat illicit drugs and substance abuse will be submitted to Parliament next month.” 

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua reiterated the government’s unwavering commitment to eradicating illicit liquor manufacturers.  

He emphasized the need for the multi-agency security team to intensify efforts in combatting drug and substance abuse.  

Gachagua reaffirmed that legitimate liquor vendors would not be affected by the crackdown, noting: “President, CS Kindiki and I have resolved that we can’t allow the lives of our youths to be destroyed by illicit brew. We have deployed stringent measures to save the generation. Those selling legit alcoholic drinks will not be affected.” 

Interior CS Kindiki previously ordered the immediate closure of bars and clubs operating within residential areas and near educational institutions.  

He emphasized strict adherence to operating hours set forth in the Alcoholic Drinks Control Act, warning of penalties for any violations.  

“No bars or alcoholic outlets shall be allowed to operate beyond the stipulated operation hours as provided in section 34 of the Alcoholic Drinks Control Act, failure to which the operator shall be fined or imprisoned as provided by law and all the drinks, and related accessories in the premises forfeited with accompanying license withdrawal,” Kindiki said. 

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