In Summary
  • In some places, chiefs and their assistants have even been attacked during the raids.
  • Some police officers replaced seized brews with water “in a bid to paralyse the case and absolve the suspect from blame.”
  • In Bomet, three suspects who attacked chiefs and seriously wounded them during a raid have been arrested.

Many families in Kenya are ravaged by consumption of illicit brews and substance abuse.

This has compelled the State to issue a stern warning against brewing and sale of illicit brews as well as peddling of other substances.

Through the police and national government administrators, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i and Permanent Secretary Karanja Kibicho are fighting to end the menace.

But in Homa Bay, rogue police officers are even said to collude with brewers and peddlers to promote the illegal business.

RISKY RAIDS

This has forced government administrators to risk their lives by conducting raids without assistance of the police.

"We risk a lot. We could even be attacked. We depend on our numbers for strength. We have no armed officers with us because every time they accompany us, we get nothing because they text the brewers beforehand," said an official in the county who has been at the forefront in the fight against illicit brews.

The Ministry of Interior has, however, reiterated its resolve to fight illicit brews across the country.

CHIEFS ATTACKED

In some places, chiefs and their assistants have been attacked as they endeavour to fight the brews.

In Homa Bay, police are now on the spot over claims of colluding with brewers and illicit brew sellers to frustrate government efforts to deal with the menace.

Currently, police officers based at Sindo Patrol Base in Suba Sub-County are on the spot over claims of replacing with water at least 140 litres of chang'aa which had been seized during a raid on Saturday.

The operation, which was led by Central Division Assistant County Commissioner Abdullalahi Abdimalik assisted by chiefs, their assistants and village elders, netted 140 litres of the brew.

During the raid, a suspect, Mr Vitalis Otieno, was arrested.

REPLACED WITH WATER

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