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Thika security team to conduct weekly raids to eradicate illicit brews 

A police officer and members of the Thika town community policing committee remove a tank used in the brewing of chang’aa and other forms of  illicit brews from the Chania River Photo by Joseph Ng’ang’a




Members of the Thika Sub-County community policing committee destroy the apparatus used in the brewing of Chang’aa after a raid conducted along River Chania.  Photo by Joseph Ng’ang’a

Members of the Thika Sub-County community policing committee destroy the apparatus used in the brewing of Chang’aa after a raid conducted along River Chania.
Photo by Joseph Ng’ang’a

Thika Sub-County security team will be conducting raids on illicit brew dens twice a week in efforts to eradicate the liquors.

The team observed that the mop up on brew and sale of illicit brews had relapsed in the area during the electioneering period and need to be revived.

Sub-county Assistant County Commissioner (ACC) Caleb Nyongesa told KNA at his Thika town office that his administration will use all the government machinery to arrest all the brewers in a bid to put an end to the illegal businesses.

He explained that they were able to destroy 2, 400 litres of chang’aa and 500 litres of kang’ara last week when they conducted raids along the banks of River Chania.

“On Monday the security team led by the Deputy County Commissioner Mr. Tom Anjere conducted a raid along the banks of River Chania and were able to destroy chang’aa, kang’ara and the brewing equipment,” explained Nyongesa.

Nyongesa added that on Thursday a team comprising officers from the Administration Police (AP), regular police, chiefs and Municipality Assistant County Commissioner Gerald Mugambi conducted another raid where they destroyed 1, 000 litres of Chang’aa and 1, 200 of Kangara.

“In Thika town we do not have any cases of either brewing or sale of the illicit brews because of the tight security and police patrols that we conduct. We aim to do the same to the grassroots and ensure that there is not a single illegal liquor brewer in Thika sub-county,” said Nyongesa.

He warned the brewers and sellers that the raids will continue until all of them are arrested and taken to court.

“We are working with our counterparts from Gatundu because we share the Chania River, when we chase the brewers from our side they run to hide in Gatundu and vice versa and therefore only joint efforts can bear fruits,” he explained.

He warned that Chania River was no longer a safe haven for the brewers asking them to look for alternative legal businesses before they are arrested.

By Joseph Ng’ang’a

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