Police on high alert over reports of illicit brew smuggling

Security agents in Western Kenya have been put on high alert following revelations that second generation liquor is being smuggled into the country through porous borders in Busia County.

Mongo Chimwaga, the regional coordinator said counterfeit spirits in sachets have already found its way into towns.

“Such products are in circulation in Bungoma, Kakamega, Vihiga, Busia and Kisumu despite an earlier ban,” he told journalists after a security agents’ meeting at Kakamega regional headquarters Friday. During the meeting, security personnel from the region were taken through the County Alcoholic Bill Act and sensitised on how to enforce it.

“We are experiencing these problems because some people think the County Act has given them leeway to buy and sell prohibited drinks. On the contrary, this legal framework is consistence with national laws in regard to brewing, consumption and selling of alcohol,” Mr Chimwaga said.

A crackdown on illicit liquor in the region a year ago appeared to have been successful but the banned brew started resurfacing in the area this year. Chimwaga said the Government will not take chances because most alcoholic products that are smuggled into the local market could be poisonous.

“We must know its composition as well as the alcohol content; such products must have been cleared by relevant authorities including the Kenya Bureau of Standards,” he said.


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