Kibicho fires eight chiefs in Meru, promotes two in renewed fight against illicit brews

He ordered them to vacate office and hand over their caps, swagger sticks and shoulder epaulets.

Wednesday March 9 2016

Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho

Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho leads government officers in destroying illicit brews in Keeria in Meru on March 9, 2016. Dr Kibicho fired a chief and seven assistants for condoning the manufacture and consumption of illicit brews in their areas. PHOTO | KENNEDY KIMANTHI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By KENNEDY KIMANTHI
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Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho has sacked a chief and seven assistants in Meru County for condoning the manufacture and consumption of illicit brews in their areas.

Dr Kibicho on Wednesday ordered Chief Sebastian Koome (Nkabune), assistant chiefs Patrick Mboroki (Ntharene), Andrew Gitonga (Nkugwe), Leonard Kathurima (Kanywago), Beranrd Muthaura (KirimaNtune), Joshua Mbirichiwi (Kabereo), Joseh Muthur (Gakuri) to vacate office and hand over their caps, swagger sticks and shoulder epaulets.

He also promoted Ntakira chief John Mwenda and his deputy.

The PS warned that the government would not hesitate to continue firing administrators who continue to abet the sale of the killer brews in their areas.

“We need the public to continue volunteering information about such administrators and those individuals involved in this illegal trade.

“We want to end this business once and for all. Those selling raw materials for making these brews will also be arrested,” Dr Kibicho said.

He spoke in Irinda and Majengo villages in Meru Town where he led an operation to flush out brewers and destroy the illicit liquor.

More than 10,000 litres of an assortment of illicit brews were destroyed during the operation.

JUDICIARY ON THE SPOT

At the same time, the PS hit out at the Judiciary for frustrating the ministry’s efforts to rid the country of illicit brews.

Dr Kibicho said since the renewed operations were started two months ago, 323 brewers have been arrested.

According to him, they have been released on fines of Sh317,000.

“This translates to about Sh900 for each of the manufacturers. We respectfully ask the Judiciary to support us in this war. We hand over criminals to them and therefore the first charge should be murder. They should be on the frontline to tackle illicit brews and drugs,” he said.

He also asked county liquor boards to limit the number of licences issued for bars restaurants.

“Many counties are still issuing these licences and many premises selling these brews are operating as restaurants. This is frustrating the work of my administrators,” he said.

Igoji East MCA John Kireria said lack of vehicles in South Imenti was hampering efforts to fight the brews.

“We need additional vehicles and more administrators. Those who work hard should also be promoted,” he said.

Meru County Commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga said more administrators will be interviewed next week.

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