The Star (Nairobi)

11 December 2012

Kenya: Former Journalist Blames Alcohol Menace in Murang'a On Politicians

Former radio journalist Wanjiru Chege has blamed politicians for the rampant alcoholism among the youth in Murang'a. She told the youth to shun those who are using illicit brews to lure the youth to vote for them in the general election.

Wanjiru, who is a women's representative aspirant, accused some politicians in the region of buying alcohol to the youth to cause violence during the campaign.

Speaking at Kamahuha shopping centre in Maragua constituency, Wanjiru said urged the youth to shun alcohol for the sake of their future. "It is wrong for leaders to buy alcohol and drugs for our youth because this is destroying their future,"she added.

The former journalist said alcoholism has retarded development in Murang'a, adding that productive youth have been rendered useless by the illicit brews. She said alcoholism in Central has turned Kikuyu youth to objects of ridicule in the country.

Wanjiru urged Central region leaders and the community to unite and fight the alcohol and drug vice in the region to realise development.

"The youths are the future and if they indulge in illicit brew, who will lead the Kikuyu community? Everybody should come on board and fight alcoholism," said Wanjiru. Maragua MP Elias Mbau condemned politicians allegedly misusing the youth to cause violence and attack their opponents.

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