Police in Njoro town were forced to use tear gas to disperse angry residents who had blocked the Njoro-Molo Road, accusing the police and local administrators of colluding with notorious illicit brewers in the area.
The locals who invaded two illicit brew dens in Konza City and Jua Kali areas said the administrators had failed in the fight against the vice which had led to the death one person and hospitalisation of another at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital after consuming the illicit brew.
They accused one brewer identified as Ms Njambi for her continued operation in the business despite raising their concerns to the area OCPD, Deputy county commissioner as well as Chiefs over the same.
The irate locals raided the house of Ms Njambi and started destroying her household items before the police could come to her rescue.
The locals want Nakuru County Commissioner Joshua Nkanatha to reshuffle administrators in the area.
Led by Njoro Bodaboda Association Chairman Dominic Nyakundi, the locals said they will not relent until all the illicit brew dens in the area are destroyed.
They called on area MP Charity Kathambi and MCA to stand with them in the fight against illicit brew in the area.
“We are calling on County Commissioner Nkanatha to step in and ensure all the police officers and administrators in this area are reshuffled to ensure the fight against illicit brew is successful. We will not watch as our fellow youth die of illicit brew,” said Nyakundi.
Sentiments echoed by area youths led by John Njoroge alias Mtetetezi who vowed to work closely with others in ensuring all the illicit brew dens in Njoro are destroyed completely.
Njoro Business Community led by Andrew Mureithi also calling on the government to ensure that the vise is eradicated in the area.
“This chang’aa has brought a lot of problems in our society and we are calling on the government of the day to do something so we can stop losing productive people,” said Mueithi.