Gov’t Declares National Crackdown On Illicit Drinks, Drugs Ahead Of Christmas Season

    The government has launched a nationwide crackdown on counterfeit alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs ahead of the Christmas season.

    The Ministry of Interior, in collaboration with the National Government, will oversee the operation, which aims to rid the streets of subpar alcohol and illegal drugs while protecting licensed and legitimate businesses dealing in alcoholic beverages.

    The police, NACADA, MoH, KRA, KEBS, and county governments will provide assistance to the Interior Ministry and the State.

    According to Interior PS Dr Raymond Omollo, the exercise is motivated by the fact that the Christmas season is often marked by an increase in the consumption of counterfeit liquor and illegal drugs.

    “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,” he said.  

    The PS however emphasized that the crackdown will only target illicit alcohol and drugs while protecting licensed and legitimate businesses trading in alcoholic beverages.

    “Government is not against legitimate alcohol business. Licensed trade in legit alcohol is an important economic activity that will be accorded the necessary support and security,” he added.    

    The Inspector General of the National Police Service, Japhet Koome, who was also in attendance warned that his officers will adopt a zero-tolerance on drink-driving. 

     “Those drug barons out there, let them get the message clearly. There will be no negotiations. We are already in festive mode. The festive mode comes with excitement. Drivers tend to drink and drive. We are not going to allow it. For speeding, we will not tolerate it.”  

    The meeting which was also attended by all the Regional Commissioners follows a recent directive by President William Ruto to enhance the fight against the production, consumption and sale of illicit alcohol and drugs.