Nairobi county liquor board on illicit brew

Nairobi county liquor Board member Hesborne Angwena addressing stakeholders who had gathered at aconsultative forum organised by the county government liquor board. Photo Samson wire

RESIDENTS of Kibra wants Inspector General of Police to crack the whip on rogue officers to end the sale of illicit brew in the area.

They told IG Joseph Boinett that a section of police officers deployed in the area are engaging in the illicit brew, commonly known as Chang’aa trade along Ngong River.

A woman leader in Sarang’ombe ward who sought anonymity for fear of victimization said the brewing business under the watchful eye of law enforcers is the order of the day.

“Police officers own the chang’aa depot and distribution in Kibra. The business has shifted to Kibra after intense patrol were carried out in Dagoretti North and Dagoretti South constituencies respectively to flush out chang’aa dealers,” she said.

A representative of civil society making submissions during liquor board stakeholders forum held at kibra. Photo Samson wire

However the allegations were dismissed by Kilimani police officer Anthony Kiragu who said residents had not launched any complaint with the police.

“Let be frank with each other you are accusing police officers of selling chang’aa yet none of you has launched a complaint with us,” said Kiargu.

Speaking during Nairobi City County Alcoholic Drinks Control and Licensing Board capacity building forum in Kibra, the leader said intense crackdown need to be carried to end the illicit trade.

The residents added every week they have to bury young people due to alcohol consumption and drug related complication.

According to Planet K manager Otieno Zablon drugs are sold openly at Olympic bus stage and police have turn a blind eye on the vice.

“Police officers have been harassing bar owners instead of arresting the drug peddles who are killing the young generation, “said Zablon.

Laini Saba Assistant County Commissioner Faith Kandagor assured them that complained raised by residents will be addressed.

“Some of the issues raised here are very sensitive. We have a security meeting next week and i will give you feedback,” said Kandogor.

Board vice chairperson Roselid Gichuki urged the bar owners to observe the operation time as specified in the liquor license.

Other members Leonard Mungai and Mutunga Mutingi attended the capacity building.

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