Uasin Gishu County Alcoholic Drinks Control Board has started approving licences for businesses which engage in sale of alcoholic drinks.
The board’s Director Armstrong Rono said that they are keenly evaluating the applicants to ensure they meet the set laws and regulations before they are issued with licenses to start operating.
“Those who have applied for the licences are half of last year,” said Mr Rono.
Speaking to Nation.co.ke in Eldoret town on Wednesday, Mr Rono said once the 2016 licenses to alcohol outlets are approved by the board, they will start conducting an operation against businesses engaging in the alcohol sale without a licence.
Mr Rono however cautioned that they will not issue licensees to businesspersons intending to sell alcohol near learning institutions.
Meanwhile, over 5,000 litres of illicit brew were nabbed last weekend in the wake of an operation against illicit liquor in the County. The alcohol included chang'aa, busaa and kangara.
Over 50 people including 20 minors were arrested during the operation carried out by the Uasin Gishu county Alcohol Control board.
The minors are suspected to be among school going children who were destined to attend color festival which was canceled by security officers over the weekend for allegedly associating the event with the banned Project X events.
The operation which started Friday last week has also seen over 300 people arrested and charged for illegally engaging in the sale of illicit alcohol.
According to Mr Rono, the operation has been a success and will go on.
"This is the largest amount of illicit liquor we have netted within three days, and we will keep chasing those engaging in the illegal business until they are wiped out of our county," he said.
Mr Rono added: "Already those we arrested in connection to the brews were charged at our Municipal Court and fined between Sh500 to Sh15,000, depending on the charges where 200 managed to pay the fines and were released, but about 100 who were unable to pay will serve a jail term of between 1-3 months.”