In a decisive move to combat illicit brews and substance abuse, Interior CS Kithure Kindiki announced the closure of more than 9,000 unlicensed liquor shops across the country. Kindiki affirmed, “We aren’t going to allow those premises to resume those activities. The crackdown and enforcement measures program continues.”

The nationwide initiative, part of a 25-point plan, follows a presidential directive triggered by the tragic deaths of 17 individuals in Kirinyaga due to tainted alcohol. Kindiki emphasized the government’s commitment to eradicating criminal elements, drug peddlers, and illicit substances, including shisha.

During a meeting with the Machakos County security and intelligence committee, Kindiki directed efforts to safeguard children from exposure to harmful substances like alcohol and drugs, particularly in towns like Tala and Matungulu. He stressed, “No license will have validity within 300 meters of educational institutions.”

Praising the security teams’ dedication, Kindiki highlighted the collaboration between Machakos County and Nairobi to prevent criminals from seeking refuge. He reiterated the government’s unwavering resolve to cleanse society of addiction and ensure a prosperous future for the youth.