The government will conduct a crackdown on residential areas selling alcohol in their homesteads, Mwala Deputy County Commissioner David Tegutwa has said.
Tegutwa noted that some unscrupulous people were selling alcohol at their homes, a trend that gained notoriety during onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
He said the crackdown would also target unlicensed bars and those operating beyond the stipulated timelines.
“We have noted with concern that some bars open early in the morning and operate way beyond the closure time,” said the DCC.
Speaking yesterday during the validation exercise of Kenya World Vision programmes for the 2022/23 financial year in Masii, the administrator also decried the high number of bars in the sub-county and underscored the need to regulate the business.
“In Kyamunga area for example, there are no other existing business premises apart from bars. This is a sad state of affairs,” noted Tegutwa.
He appealed to residents to cut down on alcohol consumption and report any person flouting laws on alcohol selling.
“The unfortunate thing is that residents are not willing to divulge any information on these people. If they don’t speak against such vices, they end up being victims of the same,” added the DCC.
Tegutwa disclosed the sub-county had been allocated relief food for hunger stricken families to cushion them against the prevailing drought situation.
He however said the food would only be given to the most vulnerable families and asked other partners to supplement the government’s effort to help families hit by the drought.
More than 63,000 families in the sub county require urgent food aid due to the drought.
By Roselyne Kavoo