Today I directed the Members of Parliament to lead the war against illicit brews in their constituencies in Central Kenya. I revoked all licences for bars and other outlets selling the killer second generation brews in the region and gave the MPs four days to “clean” Central Kenya of the illicit drinks. The fight against the illicit brews will begin in Central Kenya because it is the worst hit. Later the war will be escalated countrywide. The sale of the highly toxic and destructive brews in the country is the business of death. We cannot allow this to continue. The campaign to rid this region of the killer brews will be spearheaded by General Service Unit (GSU) commandant Joel Kitili in close collaboration with the MPs who will report their progress , action and achievements to me on Tuesday when we convene again at State House. During the four days between Friday and Monday, my phone will remain open and accessible to the MPs incase they face challenges in this campaign. We must agree we have a problem that needs immediate action. I asked the MPs to work closely with church leaders, village elders and women leaders in the villages to clean their constituencies of the brews. I mandated the MPs and all those supportive of this drive to move from door to door closing all outlets selling the illicit drinks and destroying those in the process of manufacturing and sale. Nobody will be spared especially those in the Provincial Administration and the police force if they try to frustrate the new campaign by protecting the brewers and the sellers. Any officer who does not co-operate must be dismissed on the spot. We cannot just continue talking. I instructed the MPs to immediately meet with their respective County Commanders to draw strategies of closing all outlets selling the illicit liquor-with or without licences. Nobody has a licence to kill other Kenyans. All these businesses must be closed. All County commissioners are mandated to revoke these licences and close the businesses. Once these killer brews are eradicated, permanent committees will be constituted in respective sub-counties to sustain the campaign and for surveillance purposes. I also instructed the National Youth Service (NYS) director to start a parallel campaign of rounding off drunk and addicted youths and put them in special centres for rehabilitation. They must start a new life. When we convene at State House on Tuesday, leaders will bring lists of their actions including the revoked licences and closed outlets.
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