Administrators ordered to intensify war on illicit brews
The National government administrators in Nyandarua County have been ordered to intensify war on drugs and illicit and second generation brews in their areas.
The Central Region Commissioner (RC), Wilson Njega said consumption of illicit brews and drugs have caused alarming societal problems and wreaked havoc to the youth; the country’s major workforce.
Speaking to administrators drawn from Nyandarua County at Ol Kalou Catholic Church hall on Friday, Njega noted that the vice was a great threat that should be curbed if progress was to be realised in the society.
He said a multi-sectoral team comprising of national administrators, Kenya Bureau of Standards, Kenya Revenue Authority and the Public Health among others has been formed to curb counterfeit brews.
The RC pointed out that fakes do not meet health standards hence they posed serious health hazards that could even kill unsuspecting consumers.
He identified wines and spirits as the most prone to imitations as the taker could not easily differentiate between the genuine and fake ones.
Njega said even other brands like Tusker were not immune to faking, citing an incident in Murang’a County where they found a residential house where a fake tusker brand was being manufactured.
On forest destruction, the RC reiterated the government’s commitment to protect the resource, adding that the ban imposed recently was still in force.
“No one will be allowed in the forests to extract produce until the taskforce formed by the Environment CS tables recommendations on how best to manage the resource,” Njega said.
“We have interfered with our forests leading to erratic weather conditions and drought,” he said, adding that all efforts should be geared towards conservation and protection of forests.
Njega reminded the administrators of their core function of managing security in their areas to protect the lives and property of citizens.
He was accompanied by the central region senior security team and Nyandarua County Commissioner, Boaz Cherutich.
By Mwangi Gaitha