Friday, 9 January 2015

Woman arrested with 60,000 litres of illicit alcohol in Meru.Drive Hot News


A police officer carries illicit brew that was manufactured and bottled by a private un-licenced manufacturer in Cheera village on Friday. PHOTO | ALEX NJERU | NATION MEDIA GROUP
A police officer carries illicit brew that was manufactured and bottled by a private un-licenced manufacturer in Cheera village on Friday. 


Security agents in Meru South District and Kenya Bureau of Standards officers on Friday arrested a woman with 60,000 litres of uncertified alcohol.
Led by the Meru South District Commissioner George Otieno, the officers stormed a homestead in Ceera village where alcohol was being prepared without a permit.
Mr Otieno said the suspect has been operating without paying any tax, which is against the law.
“We cannot allow people to continue breaking the law. Every business should be licensed and all products certified to ensure that they are not harmful to the people,” said Mr Otieno.
He said that mushrooming alcohol in the villages pose a great threat to the children because it was not easy to prevent them from buying.
“These industries are great danger to the society because it is difficult to control our children from accessing it,” he said.
He assured that the administration would continue to search for more illegal brewers.
“We will not relent until we make sure that there is no alcohol brewing in this area. We will also make sure that all suspects are prosecuted,” he said.
MASSIVE CRACKDOWN
The Friday arrest follows a massive crackdown in bars in Chuka Town operating beyond their licensed hours of operation.
The intensified war on alcohol brewing and drunkenness in Chuka Town and its environs has enhanced security in town.
Speaking to Nation in his office, Tharaka Nithi County Police Commander Johnson Ipara assured the public that the police will continue to break into the alcohol dens and arrest all the brewers to ensure that the whole county is safe.
Mr Ipara noted that the effort by the administration to curb brewing has brought harmony in the county.