PS Kibicho sacks two Embu chiefs over illicit brew

The chiefs were paraded in public and stripped of their official caps and shoulder epaulets.

Friday March 4 2016

Interior PS Karanja Kibicho and Interior Ministry spokesman, Mwenda Njoka leave a home suspected to be an illicit brewing haven on March 3, after they were unable to access some areas despite strong stench of liquor emanating there. Dr Kibicho later fired two chiefs who were found to be condoning brewing of liquor in their areas. PHOTO | CHARLES WANYORO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Interior PS Karanja Kibicho and Interior Ministry spokesman, Mwenda Njoka leave a home suspected to be an illicit brewing haven on March 3, after they were unable to access some areas despite strong stench of liquor emanating there. Dr Kibicho later fired two chiefs who were found to be condoning brewing of liquor in their areas. PHOTO | CHARLES WANYORO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By CHARLES WANYORO
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Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho Thursday sacked two chiefs in Embu County for failing to tame manufacture of illegal alcohol in their areas.

The administrators — Chief Peter Mureithi of Kieni North West Location and Assistant Chief Francis Ndwiga of Kiangungi Sub-location were given the orders to vacate office at a public baraza in the area.
They were paraded and stripped of their official caps and shoulder epaulets.

“This is the first warning shot to all chiefs and their assistants. If we find that your location or sub-location is a den for these dangerous illicit brews and drugs that have caused death and so much havoc among our youth, the government will not give you a second chance,” said Dr Kibicho.

The PS said the government will not tolerate administrators who abet brewing or selling of illicit and often lethal brews in their areas of administration.

The PS said the government was focusing on chiefs and their assistants because as officials closest to the grassroots, they knew or ought to know the perpetrators of illicit brew menace.

Dr Kibicho also cautioned County Commissioners and other senior administrators that they too were not safe if illicit brew menace persisted in their areas.

“After the chiefs and assistant chiefs, we shall move up the ladder if this problem persists. So Assistant County Commissioners, County Commissioners and Regional Coordinators you too should be in the frontline in the war against illicit brews and drugs,” he added.

Earlier, the PS toured several parts of Embu County where he led a team of administrators and security officials in a spirited campaign to destroy captured illicit brews.

Close to 500 litres of an assortment of illicit brews were destroyed.

KILLER BREWS

The PS and his team also raided residence-cum-brewery of a notorious manufacturer of killer illicit brews in Embu popularly known as Kathambo.

(READ: Owner of demolished Embu brewery charged - VIDEO)

The PS was informed that Kathambo has been arrested and charged with brewing killer illicit brews over a dozen times in a period of less than a year but always managed to wiggle his way out taking advantage of the court system.

“The fight against illicit killer brews should be a concerted effort where the public and all arms of the Government join hands to protect the future of our youths who are being destroyed by criminals manufacturing and selling these poisonous drinks,” said the PS.

He added: “When someone like Kathambo is charged and released on bail over a dozen times in less than a year, it not only demoralises government officers fighting this menace but also sends a very wrong message to the public that all you need is money to get away with crimes bordering on murder,” said the PS.

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