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DCC blames illiteracy levels in Gatundu North on outlawed liquor 

The  Gatundu North Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) Amos  Mariba addressing residents. Photo  by  Joseph Ng'ang'a/KNA.

The  Gatundu North Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Amos  Mariba has blamed increased illiteracy levels in the area to manufacture, sale and consumption of illicit brews.

Speaking over the weekend after officiating International Literacy day celebrations , Mariba singled out Makwa, Chania, Kairi, Gatukuyu, Kiriko and Muirigo as the most affected villages.

He added that children whose parents are drunkards rarely went to school calling on parents be good role models.

While lauding the government for facilitating adult education, Mariba called on the uneducated adults to take advantage of the government’s free education programme.

“Our aim is to improve the education standards for the people of Gatundu North. However, there are certain areas with severe education challenges over continued manufacture of illicit liquor. We have taken it upon ourselves to tame this vice by all means,” he said.

Mariba confirmed that Gatundu North police division had over the weekend arrested 4 Chang’aa traders. He said the suspects were apprehended in a crackdown at Mwea village spearheaded by chiefs and their assistants. 10 liters of chang’aa was also impounded .

The DCC said that local authorities in collaboration with police and National Youth Service recruits had intensified the fight against illegal brews. “We have cleared the bushes near River Chania which was the centre of liquor manufacture,” he said.

The DCC had earlier hinted on establishing a police post near river Chania to assist in taming the vice.

Gatundu North Sub County Education Officer, George Wachira reiterated that education was no more about age but timeless. “We have witnessed university graduates who schooled through the adults education programme clearly indicating that even the aged have an opportunity to recoup,” he said encouraging more adults to join the programme.

By  Joseph  Ng’ang’a

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