Kirinyaga Women Representative Njeri Maina has faulted the county liquor licensing board for the death of 10 people in the Kangai area for failing to tame illegal businesses in the county.
Roping in Governor Anne Waiguru, Njeri called for a fast-tracking of alcohol regulations, adding that failed administration systems were to blame for instances when residents take matters into their own hands.
“The county must vet bar owners exhaustively and revoke licenses in instances where requirements are not met,” she stated.
Citing the proximity of alcohol dens to schools, churches and residential areas, the UDA MP called on Interior CS Kithure Kindiki to crack the whip on rogue, corrupt local administrations.
Angry Kirinyaga residents burn down liquor store suspected to be selling expired alcohol which killed 7 and rendered 5 blind on February 6, 2024
Although the MP condemned the burning down of the local pub, she defended Kangai residents for taking action against the bar owner responsible for the deaths of 10 people, noting that the county leaders will step in to deal with illegal businesses.
“I am proud of the Kangai community, not for burning down the bar where the illicit alcohol was sold but for taking action. Action that they deemed necessary when our systems failed,” she added.
Njeri also condoled with the families of the deceased, urging the members of the community to take action and help solve the illicit alcohol problem from the grassroots.
“I do not support anarchy, by the mere fact that I am a trained lawyer and understand the consequences of a spiral down that road,” she stated.
Angry residents on Wednesday, February 7, torched down a bar for allegedly selling expired alcohol, demanding the immediate transfer of the local police and area chief for neglecting their duties in keeping people in check.
Kirinyaga Woman representative Njeri Maina at two different functions.
10 people lost their lives and 5 others lost eyesight after consuming an illicit brew that allegedly contained ethanol.
Various government institutions have launched investigations to flash out businesses operating illegally, following recent events that claimed lives.
Consequently, the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) Chief Executive Officer Anthony Omerikwa stated investigations had been launched to intensify the crackdown on substandard, illicit, and counterfeit alcohol.
Embakasi residents watch the aftermath of the gas explosion on February 2, 2024 (left) and the explosion caused by a gas tank (right).