BY LORDRICK MAYABI and PMPS
KIAMBU, Kenya, Jun 12 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga has ordered the closure of all bars in Kiambu selling the moonshine that claimed the lives of three people on Friday.
The Premier who was speaking while condoling with the family of Samuel Kamundi who died on Friday afternoon also hit out at the manufactures of illicit brews who he said will be caught up with in the long run.
The PM said what is killing people in many places was not alcohol but poison being sold under labels of licensed alcoholic drinks.
“We want to condemn this people who are selling these poisonous drinks, they are guilty because our laws prescribe against the selling of poisous drinks,” he said.
“We have the police and the provincial administration here, they have the responsibility of protecting lives and must ensure that all the bars selling illicit brews are closed down,” he added.
He put on notice those who are involved in the sale of drugs in the country saying that law enforcement agencies will crack hard on the trade as it was affecting productivity among the youth.
“Government will deal firmly with all the people selling drugs, we cannot achieve vision 2030 when all our youths are not productive, we want s a stable and productive nation not a drunk one,” he reiterated.
He also urged Kenyans to drink responsibly and only after fulfilling their obligations in nation building activities adding that alcohol was a luxury that many people could comfortably ignore.
“You cannot die because of failing to take alcohol (but) if you have to (drink) make sure you take that which meets the set standards,” he said.
Mr Odinga said that the government through area MP Stanely Githunguri will help the families finance the burial of their loved ones.
Area District Officer Alexander Mativo confirmed the death toll from the consumption of the illicit brew stood at three.
Meanwhile, a local brewer on Sunday denied allegations that one of their alcohol products caused the death of three Kenyans on Friday at Banana in Kiambu County.
Vinepack Limited’s Director Dickson Mwangi said the Company produces two brands of alcohol beverages namely Fiesta Special Ice and Mfalme Original Opaque Beer which are licensed and safe for
“This was a home made brew not a licensed product. The bar in which the brew was bought does not retail nor is in any way associated with our Fiesta brand,” said Mr Mwangi.