GOVT cracks whip, interdicts 8 security officers in Nakuru over illicit brew menace

GOVT cracks whip, interdicts 8 security officers in Nakuru over illicit brew menace

BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,16TH AUG,2021-Eight members of Bahati Sub County Security committee in Nakuru County have been interdicted days after 10 people died after consuming illicit brews At Hodi Hodi village.

Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya says Nakuru North Senior Deputy County Commissioner Godfrey Mayama, Bahati Sub County Police Commander Bernard Omugunda, Kiamaina Assistant County Commissioner Isaac Ooko and area Officer OCS Solomon Wamae are facing disciplinary action over the incident.

Natembeya who was addressing reporters at his office Monday morning also said Bahati Sub County Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit (CIPU) Robert Maina, Area chief John Thuo and his two assistants stand interdicted.

He said the eight officers have different levels of culpability and their interdiction takes effect immediately.

Natembeya flagged nine other Counties in the region where brewing and consumption of illicit brews has been reported as prevalent and put on notice security officers in the areas saying lethargy in the spirited war against illicit brews remains inexcusable.

Nakuru, Bomet, Kericho, Nandi, Narok, Kajiado, Laikipia, Samburu and Trans Nzoia Counties have been flagged as hot spots for brewery and consumption of the brews that have claimed lives, rendered families dysfunctional, spiked crime and stunted development.

He said, 9 people who consumed the killer brew last week in Bahati Sub County are still receiving treatment for intoxication at the Nakuru Level Five Hospital.

Natembeya said police are still combing the County and neighboring areas for a notorious suspect believed to be running an intricate syndicate that supplies methanol, the substance used in fortifying illicit brews.

He said police in the region`s 14 Counties have mounted roadblocks at their entries and exits and have increased surveillance to curb transportation of methane and illicit brews in the areas.

Natembeya cautioned members of the public against consumption of the brews saying culprits will be met with the law.


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