Chiefs and their assistants in Tenges and Sacho divisions of Baringo Central Sub County have been asked to stamp out excessive brewing and consumption of busaa and chang’aa or be sacked.
Area Deputy County Commissioner(DCC), Reuben Ratemo has warned that he will personally institute disciplinary measures against any chief who fail to implement the directive in his area of jurisdiction, saying the menace had remained biggest impediment to development in the area.
“Sacho and Tenges have a problem with alcoholic drinks and I will personally sack chiefs who will not wipe out the menace in their locations,” he warned.
Speaking at Ochi School for the deaf/blind grounds, Ratemo asked women who have made manufacturing of traditional brews a booming enterprise to shift to other viable alternative income generating activities to improve their socio-economic wellbeing.
“I challenge women from these two divisions to form groups and apply for money from national government devolved fund kitty. There is a lot of money lying idle in my office. Each group is allowed to borrow Sh. 100,000 to be paid after one year without any interest,” the DCC urged.
In the past one year, two chiefs have been dismissed and another suspended from service in the county for sabotaging government programmes.
They include one from Tiaty who was sacked for protecting cattle rustlers and Salabani chief in Marigat Sub County who was suspended for teaming up with area MCA to incite residents of Kampi Samaki to boycott this year’s national population and housing census.
On disability, the commissioner advised parents with disabled children not to hide them but to instead bring them out in order to be assisted appropriately.
He emphasized the need to accord children with disabilities their rights, saying they are God’s creation and thus deserve to be treated like normal children.
Ratemo also promised to convince Baringo Central MP, Joshua Kandie and NG-CDF committee to allocate funds to the special public school for the construction of a modern classroom.
Members of county assembly in attendance pledged to play their oversight role effectively to ensure that funds allocated to various projects were properly utilized.
By Irine Bartonjo/Mercy Mutwol