The Rift Valley crackdown on illicit alcohol has prompted Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Kithure Kindiki to deliver a strong warning to police officers who are caught exploiting dealers.
The exercise’s officers shouldn’t harass licensed traders, CS Kindiki said during a symposium on curbing drug usage on Monday in Nakuru.
He issued a warning that anyone found to have violated the directive will face appropriate punishment.
“I want to direct all officers involved in this crackdown not to use this fight as an excuse to harass, intimidate, and extort money from legitimate traders and business people who are engaged in the alcohol business,” he stated.
“Any trader selling products that are licensed and have received government agency approval should not be harassed just because of this crackdown,” he continued.
“Any officer who deviates from the very deliberate efforts of purging this nation of dangerous substances, that officer should be on their own and we will take action without any further reference.”
The Interior CS urged officials to rigorously adhere to the supplied rules, adding that he has already received cases of licensed traders being harassed.
He declared, “This crackdown is on illicit alcohol that has been poisoned and is destroying our families and the economy.”
The country’s fight against the illegal beer trade has been led by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, who was accompanied by Kindiki.
In previous speeches, DP Gachagua commanded county officials to use direct action to combat drug and alcohol abuse in their individual areas.
Additionally, he has warned harsh government action against county officials who are proven to be supporting drug dealers.