Gov’t bans sale of molasses and yeast in Central Kenya

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Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho
Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho. PHOTO: File

The government has banned the sale of molasses and yeast in Mt. Kenya region as the second phase of crackdown on war against illicit and second generation alcohol take shape.

Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho, who was in Embu North Thursday, said the government will not allow any further sale of molasses and yeast which are the main ingredients in the production of the banned brews.

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Karanja ordered the Eastern Regional Coordinator James Ole Seriany and Embu County Commissioner Esther Maina to immediately meet with their counterparts in Central and stop any further distribution of the two products.

He scolded traders from Kirinyaga and Embu Counties who are involved in the sale of yeast and molasses, popularly known as ‘sukari nguru’, adding that the brews manufactured using these products are lethal and have led to the death of many young people.

He assured residents that the war against brewing and consumption of second generation brews will continue until the country is secure of such.

Karanja noted the government is determined to win the war against the killer brews, noting that ‘nothing will be spared in this effort including setting aside Court Orders that provide a lifeline for those wishing to continue killing innocent Kenyans.’

He said the Interior Ministry and other government officers and specifically County Commissioners, Chiefs and their Assistants have been instructed to wipe out brews in their administrative units, failure to which they will face disciplinary action.

Kieni North West Chief Peter Mureithi and the Assistant Chief of  Kiangungi Sub Location were paraded before a public Baraza at Kairuri Market before being dismissed over alleged failure to deal with illicit brew trade.

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