Officials from the Narok County Government and National Government have launched a campaign to sensitize members of the public on the effects of illicit brewing.
The exercise led by the County Executive Committee (CEC) Member for Administration, Devolution and Disaster Management Josephine Ngeno at the Ole Ntimama stadium, saw a number of bars and nightclubs that did not adhere to the legal regulations closed.
Ngeno said they have launched the sensitization programme at a time when the county is conducting a Rapid Result Initiative (RRI) to crack down all illicit brewing points in the county.
She warned residents that excessive drinking is harmful to their body saying people should only consume the legalized drinks during this festive season.
The CEC also asked parents to beware of their children’s behaviour during this long holiday and protect them from bad companies that could expose them to consuming alcohol.
The County Director of Liquor Esther Mbussy said night clubs and bars that do not observe the operation hours have been shut down for not adhering to the regulations set.
Narok Central Deputy County Commissioner Silas Gatobu said many children lacked school fees and other basic needs because their parents spent all their time at the drinking spree.
Daniel Sito, a representative from the Maasai Mara University advised his fellow youths that drinking is not a full-time enjoyment as it can ruin their lives.
He lamented that many students have been discontinued from the university, while others have been forced to undertake supplementary examinations because of excessive drinking.
By Ann Salaton