Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua says he is ready to pay the political price in his war against illicit brew in Mt Kenya.

Speaking on Sunday during a church service in Nairobi’s Roysambu, the DP reiterated his resolve to continue the fight against the sale of harmful substances, which he believes continues to devastate Mt Kenya counties.

“If I lose my seat because of standing firm against selling poison to our children, I am ready. No leader can be happy while leading people who are drunk. There is no pride in leading a drunken nation,” stated Gachagua emphatically.

The DP revealed that he had received warnings from certain quarters about potential fightback from the cartels involved in the alcohol industry if he persisted with his campaign. However, he remained resolute in his stance, emphasizing that he had no qualms with individuals engaged in legitimate liquor trade.

Last week, the government suspended operating licenses for all second-generation alcohol manufacturers and distillers pending thorough vetting by relevant authorities.

Additionally, bars and alcohol outlets located within a 300-meter radius of educational institutions and residential areas were ordered to cease operations.