We’ll not relent in the fight against killer brews – Uhuru

Uhuru Kenyatta speaking in Murang'a
Uhuru Kenyatta speaking in Murang'a

The crackdown against illegal alcohol will continue even as the government puts in place mechanisms to rehabilitate youth who have been affected by addiction, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

The Head of State stated that the national and county governments will soon embark on programs to empower the thousands of youth who were rendered economically unproductive by the consumption of illegal liquor.

Speaking in Murang’a when he presided over a fundraising for the Catholic Diocese of Muranga for the construction of an income generating conference centre, Kenyatta thanked leaders who supported government efforts to eradicate production and consumption of illicit brew in the county urging county officials to push on with the operation.

“When you turn the youth into addicts of illegal alcohol you are crippling the society and the whole country,” he said.

On his part, Muranga Governor Mwangi wa Iria said the fight against illicit brew had brought hope to youth who were addicted to illicit liquor.

President Kenyatta also passed his condolences to the families of the students from Muranga who died in Diani a few days ago during an educational tour of the the coastal town.

He urged those who are given the responsibility of being in charge of children to take their jobs seriously and ensure they do not place them in danger.

More than Ksh110 million was raised at the fundraiser with the President donating Ksh6 million. The chairman of Equity Bank, Peter Munga, donated Sh5 million.

The funds will be used to construct CDM Runda Conference and Retreat Centre whose initial cost is estimated to be Sh144 million.

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