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23 bars in Narok east closed

Narok County Commissioner Reuben Lotiatia has closed 23 bars in Kojongá, Enoseian and Ntulele trading Centers in Narok East Sub County that were operating without a valid license.

Eight people were arrested and over 5,000 liters of illicit brew nabbed during a day-long crackdown that was led by the top security team in the County.

The security team took issue with ‘Litmus Bar’, which operates in all the trading centers in the Sub County without license, saying the premises will remain closed until they get a valid license to allow them operate.

“Every premises that sells alcoholic drinks should be inspected properly to ensure every drink they sell is certified by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KeBS). The premises should also not be near a worship center, school or residential estate,” he said.

He reiterated that the impromptu crackdowns will continue in the County to ensure no illicit brew is sold to the unsuspecting consumers.

“There are no premises selling alcohol and are not licensed that will continue operating after the ongoing crackdown. This exercise will be trickled down to all the Sub Counties, Wards and Villages until we ensure that our County is safe from illicit brewing,” he reiterated.

The Village elders who spoke during the exercise thanked the government for closing the doors of the notorious bars that were famous for dealing with counterfeit drinks.

Patrick Turuko, one of the Village elders in the Kojonga area said the business was threatening the lives of their young children who spend most time in the drinking dens.

“Our land here is very fertile, but most of the young men have no time for farming. They spend most of their time in drinking dens that have affected the Economy of this place,” he said.

Another Village elder Peter Kaingil asked the security team to advocate for stern punishment to the people arrested, so that they can act as an example to the many others in such illegal business.

Ms. Mary Nasieku asked the residents to support the Chiefs and their Assistants in taming illegal drinking dens by reporting those operating.

She called on the brewers to look for alternative jobs that will earn them an income instead of engaging in illegal jobs that put them at loggerhead with the security team.

By Ann Salaton

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