Bar owners in Kiambu have been dealt with a major blow after Interior Cabinet Sectary Dr Fred Matiang’i ordered all bars in the county closed as the war on illicit brew went a notch higher.
Matiang’i who spoke in Makwa village Gatundu North Constituency which is notorious for illicit liquor brewing said the move will help in boosting the ongoing government crackdown of illicit brew and second generation alcohol.
He said the directive will give the bar owners a chance to apply for licenses afresh and county government the opportunity to vet and issue licenses to those who will meet the set conditions as stipulated in the recently enacted Kiambu County Alcoholic Drinks Control Act.
The CS said Kiambu was one of the counties with the highest level of alcoholism in the country adding the high number of bars and clubs in the area was a clear testament to the menace.
According to Matiang’i, Kiambu has more bars than Primary and Secondary schools combined.
“Currently, the county has 777 primary and 369 secondary schools while it has 3062 bars and clubs. This is unacceptable and must be checked,” said Dr Mating’i.