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State to start another wave of crackdown on illicit brews

By Kirsten Kanja | July 3rd 2020

The hunt for drug and illicit alcohol suppliers is now a priority for the police as government launched a crackdown on Friday. This will be the second wave of crackdowns by the State, with the first targeting consumers of illegal substances rather than their suppliers.

This renewed war on drugs and illicit brews will take place in Mt Kenya regions of Murang’a and Kiambu counties, with police promising a tough approach and seeking to go after those aiding and abetting the trade as well.

In a press statement to newsrooms, the government confirmed that it was all systems go for the strict hunt that is intended to put an end to supply and distribution of illicit products by arresting specifically dealers and brewers.

“Through thorough investigations, we have been able to find out the people involved with the bhang that is consumed in Murang’a and Thika. We shall arrest and prosecute those who are culpable,” said Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i during a meeting at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development in Ngara.

According to Matiang’i, the nabbing of dealers and suppliers will stop the trend from reoccurring.

“To rid the counties of Murang’a and Kiambu, which have been badly affected by illicit brew and drug menace, the second wave will be tougher than the first wave of crackdowns," Matiang'i said.

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