A total of 16,720litres of kangara, 150 litres of chang’aa and 1,100 litres of busaa were impounded during the heavy operation
The nationwide rapid results initiative campaign against illicit alcoholic beverages and counterfeits whose rampant consumption has created a public health crisis among low-income groups has kicked off.
Trans Nzoia County Commissioner Samson Ojwang, County Police Commander Ms Jacinta Wesonga and her directorate of Criminal Investigations counterpart Francis Kihara flagged off the 30 days operation in the Falklands area neighboring Matisi in Kwanza sub-county Monday.
A total of 16,720litres of kangara, 150 litres of chang’aa and 1,100 litres of busaa were impounded during the heavy operation. Several litres of the brews impounded by the multi-agency team were destroyed leaving the rest as exhibits.
Mr Ojwang said the multi-agency team is up to the task and will completely crackdown on manufacturers and distributors of the counterfeit alcoholic beverages in the border county
10 suspects were arrested during the operation and held at the local Matisi police station awaiting arraignment before a court. The county commissioner who addressed the media at the Matisi police station commended the multi-agency security team that was led by deputy county commissioner Mwachunga Chaunga and kwanza sub-county police commander James Odera for the task.
“RRI is totally against substandard, illicit alcohol and counterfeits which is the biggest threat in this region besides the resulting economic losses. They all have negatively impacted on the health of the consumers some of whom have ended up not being productive”, said Ojwang.
He challenged the officers to maintain the tempo to make sure all the counterfeits and illicit beverages are eradicated in all the five sub-counties of Kwanzaa, Saboti, Kiminini, Cherangani and Endebes.
Ojwang said the multi-agency team is up to the task and will completely crackdown on manufacturers and distributors of the counterfeit alcoholic beverages in the border county.
“We have already shut down illegal outlets selling contraband alcohol, arrested traders and imposed punitive action against some of them. The constitution of this country has not been suspended and we will enforce the law by all means”, he said. He added that the multi-agency team will further enhance surveillance at the border with the neighbouring Uganda where unscrupulous traders sneak them through the Panya routes.
The administrator added that other commodities among them drugs and other counterfeits sold in retail shops, wholesale and supermarkets must be eradicated. He urged stakeholders among them Kenya Seed Company, Mastermind tobacco and the inspectorate KEPHIS to help the multi-agency team in identifying all counterfeit products found on the shelves of the market.
” We have invited Kenya seed company, BAT and Kephis to join the board by helping us identify commodities they know are counterfeits being sold in shops, wholesale and supermarkets”, he said.
He said the government through its robust community policing will be carrying out consumer education to reduce the proliferation of illicit brews that commands about 30 per cent of the alcohol market in the country.
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