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Poverty is no excuse for Kenyans to engage in illicit brew business, says Interior PS Karanja Kibicho

By Munene Kamau | March 18th 2016
Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho (centre in checked shirt) with Kirinyaga Central MP Gachoki Gitari (left), when the two participated in the destruction of 5000 litres of illicit liqour impounded from brewers at Ngomongo slums near Kutus town on 18/3/2016 [PHOTO:MUNENE KAMAU/STANDARD]

Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho has dismissed as excuses that those brewing and selling illicit liquor are in the trade due to poverty.

Speaking at Ngomongo slums in Kirinyaga County where 5,000 litres of brew was destroyed, the PS said there was no room for the illicit trade and those who contravene the directive were doing so at their peril.

Mr Kibicho said he was aware some unscrupulous traders were selling molasses specifically for production of illicit liquor under the guise of retailing it for animal consumption.

"Distribution and sale of molasses is regulated by the Ministry of Agriculture, which also keeps record of what each trader is holding in stock or the amount he has sold specifically as an ingredient for animal feeds,’’ he said.  

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