The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Bars Near Schools in Githunguri to Be Shut

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Containers of the illicit brew that killed 12 people in Embu, Kenya.

Githunguri DC Fredrick Ndunga have warned traders with bars within 300m from school to finish their stock in the next 30 days. "We must be adhere liquor license law. Those who fail risk their licences being withdrawn," Ndunga said. He was speaking at Thuita in Githunguri district yesterday during a public baraza where he reinstated the area assistant chief David Kimani who was interdicted 14 months ago over alleged misconduct.

The DC warned those selling illicit brew that they will be arrested. The DC was reacting after residents of Thuita sub-location said traders transport illicit using motorcycle. "I have ordered the area assistant chief to arrest, with the help of the police, anybody who will transport beer using motorcycles and be arraigned in court," Ndunga said.

He told the chief to work with the police to crack down on illicit brews. "The provincial administration has decided to reinstate you back in office, but you must work with the police and make sure no illicit brew is being consumed." He appealed to the residents to give police information on suspected criminals to ease the officers' work. "If you hide a criminal with a gun because he is a relative, the next time the gun will be used against you. Give us the relevant information and we will keep you safe," DC said.

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