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Residents asked to assist in nabbing illicit alcohol brewers

Police in Bureti, Kericho County are urging residents to work closely with security agencies by reporting those behind the manufacture and sale of illicit brews as they risked wiping out future generations.

Addressing wananchi during this year’s Mashujaa Day celebrations held at Kaminjwet secondary school grounds, area police commander Peter Isanda said residents ought to volunteer information to help police nab illicit brewers adding that the move will support the eradication and sale of the prohibited liquors that had left a trail of destruction in many families.

“Report those behind the production and sale of the illicit brews including chang’aa, busaa, kang’ara but do not take the law into your own hands. Those arrested will face the full force of the law for their actions,” warned Isanda.

He called on parents to exercise their parental responsibilities effectively noting that many cases of untimely deaths reported in the area are of young people aged 30 years and below and a majority of them are triggered by drugs and alcohol abuse.

“Many of these deaths could have been avoided had the victims been raised in an environment devoid of abuse and neglect. It is not a pretty sight to spot a drunken young man or woman below 30 years asleep in a ditch something that could have been avoided,” Isanda said.

“Drugs and alcohol are significant contributors to poverty and other societal ills. Parents take your responsibilities seriously for your children who are our future leaders,” he added.

The sub-county police boss urged residents to desist from consuming the illicit brews that were prepared in unhygienic conditions for their health’s sake and in the same breath called on them to share information about those dealing in illicit liquor.

By Sarah Njagi

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