Members of 46 churches from different denominations yesterday held a joint demonstration to protest the proliferation of bars at Kithirune in Central Imenti, Meru County.
The worshippers protested at Kithirune market, blaming the 25 wines and spirits joints for over 20 deaths in recent years.
Kithirune Development Committee officials Julius Kajume, David Kithinji and Abothuguchi West Member of County Assembly Patrick Muthuri asked the county government to reduce the number of joints in the market when they are due for renewal in January.
“The number of pubs at Kithirune is bigger than the number of shops and we are asking the county government to take steps to save our youth from alcohol and other drugs which are sold at the market. Our youth have become like zombies,” said Kajume.
Muthuri said: “We understand they also have to meet revenue targets, but we do not want that to come at the expense of our youth. Before they issue more licences or renewing existing ones, the Meru County Alcohol Control Board must consult business leaders and residents."
Kithirune chief Faith Kagwiria said youth in the area do not work because they spend all their time indulging in cheap liquor.
“We are partnering with the church and local leaders to ensure there is no drinking in the morning as is the norm now,” she said