Chiefs to crackdown on bars near schools in Teso North

Deputy County Commissioner Teso North Sub -county, Stephen Wambura has ordered chiefs to launch a crackdown on bars situated near schools and those operating past normal working hours.

Addressing the press after chairing a security meeting in his boardroom that brought together Chiefs, Assistant Ahiefs, and Assistant County Commissioners across the sub-county, he called for concerted efforts to stamp out the vices once and for all.

“Counterfeit alcohol is entering the country through porous borders, noting that they will work with the Kenya Revenue Authority, National Police Service, Anti-narcotics, Child Protection Unit, Kenya Bureau of Standards and Nacada to ensure effective implementation of the Alcohol Act 2010.


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The officer said those bars near learning institutions will be closed immediately. The same will apply to bars operating past working hours, adding that four bars have been closed and people arraigned in court.

“Public officers found operating bars will be fired and arraigned in court, noting that it’s against the law for them to engage in such unauthorised activities which are tantamount to conflict of interest,” he said.

He added: “The same scenario will apply to Chiefs who fail to disclose illicit brews and drugs within their areas of jurisdiction. He asked members of the public to volunteer information to the OCPD or him about cases where Chiefs fail to disclose the existence of such vices in their areas.

The crackdown on illicit brews and drugs comes a few days after Deputy President William Ruto and Rigathi Gachagua revealed that he was ready to risk his position in the fight against illicit brews and substance abuse.

By Godfrey Wamalwa

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