Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has issued a rallying cry for the implementation of legal measures in the ongoing fight against illicit brews, drugs, and substance abuse. Following a meeting with Nyandarua County MCAs on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, Gachagua emphasized the need to sustain the battle, particularly in the Mt Kenya region.

“Alongside Governor Dr Kiare Badilisha, who has assented the Bill into law, the leaders have displayed immense courage and determination in true service to the people by enacting a people-centered legal framework regulating manufacturing, distribution, and sale of alcohol,” Gachagua stated.

The Nyandarua County Alcoholic Drinks Act, 2023, has garnered praise from Gachagua, who lauded the MCAs for their commitment to ending the illicit brew menace in the region. This groundbreaking legislation establishes a Drinks Regulation Committee in every sub-county to oversee license applications for retail and wholesale alcohol sales, while also outlining penalties for unauthorized production and distribution.

Gachagua emphasized the government’s dedication to the fight, citing the devastating impact of illicit brews on the youth. “We must win the fight against illicit brews,” he declared, emphasizing the need for a united effort to combat the scourge of substance abuse.