Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared war on illegally-brewed alcohol, revoking the licenses of many of the nation’s bars and destroying their stocks of the illicit beverages.
Speaking recently at State House in Nairobi, Kenyatta described the owners of such establishments as “merchants of death”.
He also ordered parliamentarians to crack down on such establishments in their respective constituencies.
“Every MP should meet with their county (police) commander and come up with a strategic plan on how they will go door to door to bring the illicit trade to an end,” he asserted.
In May, more than 60 Kenyans died after drinking illicitly-brewed alcohol, with most of those who survived subsequently losing their eyesight.
And last month, seven more people died after drinking illicitly-brewed alcohol in Kenya’s Central Province, while more than 20 others were admitted to hospital.
“No one has a license to kill a fellow Kenyan,” Kenyatta declared. “Even if they have a (liquor) license, it is your business as the county commissioner to say that the license is revoked and the business is closed.”