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Kericho: County Commissioner calls for crackdown on illicit brews

The Kericho County Commissioner, Mr. Gilbert Kitiyo, has directed Police officers to crack down on all illicit brewing dens in Kericho County, including licenced pubs and bars selling unregulated liquor.

The County Commissioner was categorical in saying that the security personnel would clamp down on all illegal liquor in all six Sub Counties in Kericho County until the vice was completely eradicated, saying culprits will face the full force of the law.

Mr. Kitiyo stated that consumption of illicit brew was detrimental to people’s health and could even lead to death, urging the youth in Kericho to abstain from drugs and substance abuse, which will eventually destroy their lives.

“It was very sad to see many people dying due to the consumption of illicit brew in Kirinyaga County, and that is why here in Kericho we do not want a similar incident to occur.” Said Mr. Kitiyo

At the same time, the CC said that operators of illegal gambling machines within Kericho County will also not be spared, urging the police officers to confiscate the lotto machines and burn them, pointing out that many families have been impoverished due to gambling.

“Lotto gambling machines have not been licensed to operate anywhere, and those claiming to have licenses, are fake. They are expensive machines, but we will continue destroying them until the vice is eradicated in our County,” reiterated Kitiyo.

The County Commissioner speaking at Kapkatet Market in Bureti Sub-County called on area residents to be vigilant and report to the Police criminal activities within their localities for action to be taken against the culprits.

By Dominic Cheres and Kibe Mburu

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