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Kenyan leader orders crackdown on illicit brew

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President Kibaki has expressed concern over the growing menace of illicit brews in the country and directed the provincial administration to deal decisively with the issue.

He said the sale and consumption of the illicit liquor had led to loss of several lives especially in central Kenya and asked security agencies to move with speed to curb the vice.

“I urge government administrators to move with speed to rectify the situation so as to avert loss of live,” he said when he opened the Nyeri agricultural show at the Kabiruini show ground in Nyeri County Thursday.

The President also directed elected leaders to speak out on the vice, which has led to death of 28 people in Nyahururu, Ol Kalou and Ruiru towns this week.

Commenting on an issue that has gripped the country already in mourning following a massive fire tragedy in Sinai, Nairobi, the President criticised leaders saying they are not doing enough to dissuade people against consuming the deadly brews.

The tragedies that have struck the country have been blamed on complacency of leaders, with some of them accused of blocking eviction of people who had encroached on a Kenya Pipeline Corporation (KPC) pipeline.

The president seemed to take the same line of blame, but focused on the illicit brew menace, saying elected leaders were not speaking out against the vice.More info Click here

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