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Police officer's decision to close beer plant queried

By Joseph Muchiri | March 21st 2016

A beer manufacturer wants a senior police officer held in contempt of court.

Mountain Slopes Commercial Services Managing Director Samuel Muriuki wants Embu East OCPD Njoroge Mbugua held accountable for leading a contingent of police officers in raiding and closing down his plant despite there being a court order to the contrary.

The police raided the beer plant on March 2 and closed it on orders from the Ministry of Interior. The plant has, however, been re-opened. 

Filed under a certificate of urgency before the Milimani Law Courts, Mr Muriuki accuses Mr Mbugua of disregarding a court order that prohibited security agencies from closing the plant or interfering with the distribution and sale of beer.

The order was issued by High Court Judge George Odunga on December 7, 2015 and was served to Mbugua and other heads of police and national government co-ordinators in the county.

In his submissions, Muriuki told the court that the company had fully complied with the licensing requirements.

He argued that Mbugua had not sought to have the orders varied or reviewed hence they remained in force as pronounced. The hearing was set for June 7.

Meanwhile, liquor dealers in county have urged the assembly not to debate a master bill drafted by leaders from Central Kenya aimed at governing the manufacture and sale of alcohol.

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They said the County Alcoholic Control Act, 2016 meant to be adopted by 11 assemblies in the region lacked public participation and ignored stakeholder's involvement.

Led by Embu Liquor Dealers Association Chairman Ireri Ndong'ong'i, they faulted the proposed law for seeking to do away with the Embu County Alcoholic Drinks Control Act, 2014, a move they termed as being anti-devolution.

They said that bar opening hours in master bill, 5pm to 11pm for weekdays and 2pm to 11pm for weekends, clashes with the County Act, which sets the times as 2pm to 11pm on weekdays and 11am to 11pm for weekends.

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