In this episode of Piga Sauti, we shall briefly to touching on how cops, KRA and NACADA aid fake liquor merchants.
As the government tries to fight cheap liquor merchants and the menace of Chemical weapons now being thrown in the western region of Kenya.
Last week, Interior PS Raymond Omollo launched a Nationwide crackdown to chase and nab these fake liquor cartels.
He said that the government had noted a spike in the consumption of illicit alcohol and drugs during the festive season.
“This crackdown is therefore timely as it mitigates the potential harm wrought on our people by illicit brews and counterfeit alcohol that is mostly traded in non-compliant premises. Through this exercise, we can protect our youth from the devastating effects of alcohol and drug abuse,” PS Omollo said.
These cartels work with the National Police Service, the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA), the Ministry of Health, the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), the Anti-Counterfeit Authority (ACA) and the County Governments to operate their illegal businesses.
Kericho Senator has taken the initiative to call our Best Drink illicit brew merchants who were nabbed a few days ago.
“To the owner of this vehicle and the counterfeit liquor products (Best drink), I have news for you. You will not destroy the lives of the young people in my county, it is you, the KRA & Police officers you have compromised that will instead be destroyed. Mtahama Kericho na Kenya,”
The Majority leader in the Senate Cheruiyot said he had obtained the identities of the cops and state officials involved in the fake alcohol syndicate.
“I also have the names of senior KRA and Kenya Police officials who are part of the syndicate and are now calling the gallant police officers who impounded the lorry and are now threatening them. The guts!! I hereby repeat, look for a new playground, Not Kericho. Not Kenya,”
Kilimani MCA Robert Alai also supported the initiative and called for more support from President Ruto.
In Kisumu, Siaya and Homa Bay is worse. We will carry out the operation together. President Ruto must support us on this. The bad liquor imported from Uganda is destroying lives in Western Kenya (Nakuru to Busia).
Among the concerns arising out of the exercises include the proliferation of substandard and counterfeit alcohol and the sale of brands with fake standardization stamps and outlets with deplorable health standards.
But, where do these cases varnish to?
KRA has been reporting to have arrested ethanol, fake stamps, and consignments of fake liquors that cost billions of shillings but no case has ever been successful.
The rot is ingrained deeply into the system and the cases all go away in a day or two.
In fact, an insider speaking to this writer says the police are the ones that help those arrested on how to sodomize the laws of the land.
KRA cartels and Police on roadblocks also help the spread and transportation of these illegal brews across the country as far as their pockets are filled.
Piga sauti continues….