The Meru County Commissioner (CC), Allan Machari has ordered chiefs and assistant chiefs to conduct crackdowns on illicit brews under the Rapid Results Initiative (RRI).
Speaking in his office on Tuesday, the CC urged the officers to intensify war on illicit brews, so as to eliminate the vice.
Machari pointed out that illicit brews are slowly returning into the community, and that culture will not be tolerated.
He said the brews have highly contributed in rendering majority of youths and men unproductive.
“Let’s all join hands in the fight against brews which are slowly destroying our future generation,” he said.
He gave brewers stern warning, adding that the culprits will be dealt with in accordance with the law.
“Illicit brew has been a threat in Meru County owing to cheap liquor in villages and towns. We want the county to be free of illicit brews and drug abuse,” said Machari.
The CC also urged residents to join government in the war against drug abuse, especially among the youthful population which if not checked would hamper economic growth of the country.
Meanwhile, Machari said his administration has declared war against proliferation of gambling machines which he said have become conduits for criminal activities.
He said many criminals use the gambling dens to plan their moves hence his administration has intensified swoops to weed out illegal betting business.
“We cannot thrive through gambling. We have to tell our youth to embrace hard work instead of wanting short cuts that have criminal tendencies,” said the CC.
He said gambling has contributed to various vices in the society, such as theft and school dropouts.
“We shall confiscate all those gambling machines and close up shops operating them,” he said.
By Elvis Mugambi/Muguongo Judy