Uhuru urges judiciary not to slow war against illegal alcohol

MYWO chairlady Mary Kavinda, Runyenjes Central MCA Steve Munene, Runyenjes MP Cecily Mbarire lead a demonstration against illicit brews. President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged the Judiciary to take a stand for the common good because the initial drive was mostly slowed down by numerous injunctions from courts. Photo/File
MYWO chairlady Mary Kavinda, Runyenjes Central MCA Steve Munene, Runyenjes MP Cecily Mbarire lead a demonstration against illicit brews. President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged the Judiciary to take a stand for the common good because the initial drive was mostly slowed down by numerous injunctions from courts. Photo/File

President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged the Judiciary to support the fight against illegal alcohol.

The President said a campaign to stop consumption of illegal alcohol in Central Kenya will begin next week and asked the Judiciary to "take a stand for the common good", saying the initial drive was slowed down by numerous court injunctions.

"The law should protect life. It should not be used to protect those who are killing the youth," Uhuru said.

The President was speaking at the Sagana State Lodge on Friday, when he hosted leaders from the five counties in Central Kenya who were joined by others from Laikipia and Nakuru.

Uhuru said the fight against illegal brews will this time be multi-pronged using the security apparatus, MPs and MCAs.

He said County Administrations now have the powers to tighten the noose on those who deal in illegal alcohol because they can use legislation to control them.

MPs and MCAs will support the war by passing the necessary laws to control the trade in illegal brews.

Internal Security CS Joseph Nkaissery said Chiefs have been empowered to deal with those who sell illegal alcohol and any officer who fails in his duty will be sacked.

Several leaders who spoke at the function had urged the President to back their wish to eradicate the problem once and for all.