Gachagua visits officer injured in illicit brew crackdown

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua visited Juja Police Station OCS, Chief Inspector John Misoi, who is receiving treatment at Avenue Hospital in Thika town following an attack by brewers and sellers of illicit killer alcohol in Gachororo, Juja in Kiambu County. [DPCS]

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has reiterated government's resolve to eradicate illicit brew and drugs in the country.

The DP issued a stern warning to traders following the attack on Juja Police Station commander John Misoi during a crackdown on illicit brew in Gachoro village.

The OCS was shot with an arrow by some of villagers who were resisting arrest on Easter Monday.

Speaking after visiting Misoi at Avenue Hospital in Thika, Gachagua assured enforcement officers of government's support in the fight against illicit brew and drugs.

He emphasized the importance of implementing state directives effectively in combating the menace.

"What we have seen in Juja is an attempt by criminals to attack police officers so that they can give up on this exercise. I want to assure them and the people of Kenya that this has just strengthened our resolve to fight," said the DP.

"I want to thank all our police officers in the country from the Inspector General and his two deputies, all the county and regional security teams down to the junior officers for the good job they are doing," he added.

Meanwhile, Peter Karanja was arraigned before Thika Law Courts in connection with the attack on the OCS who was injured on the right leg.

Karanja appeared before Chief Magistrate Philip Mutua where the prosecution and investigating officer, David Gacheru, applied to hold him for 10 days to allow for completion of investigations.

While making the application, Gacheru told the court that the injured officer is yet to record a statement and they are waiting for a medical report so as to fill the P3 form.

Mutua granted the application noting that the matter is of public interest since the officer was attacked in his line of duty.

The matter will be mentioned on April 11, 2024.

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