Kiambu to recruit 3,000 ex-alcoholics to fight illicit brews and spirits.

Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu addressing worshipers at St. John's ACK Happy Valley Church in Landless estate Thika on Sunday afternoon.

Kiambu County Government will employ 50 ex-alcoholics in each of the 60 wards, translating to 3,000 youth, to spearhead the fight against illicit brews and wines and spirits outlets.

This was revealed by Governor Ferdinand Waititu on Sunday at St. John’s ACK Happy Valley Church.

Waititu warned that once the Alcoholic Bill 2018 became operational in the next two weeks, his government will ruthlessly crush all these outlets and ensure that they freed Kiambu County from the alcoholism. He promised to also clear all illegal betting machines from the region as they contributed to the escalating petty crime and alcoholism among the young people.

“We shall ensure that there is no chang’aa and those wines and spirits shops that ruining our youth. Consequently, we will also raid and get rid of all illegal betting machines. We will then start a comprehensive programme to rehabilitate all reformed alcoholics who will later be recruited to spearhead the war on illicit liquor,” said the governor.

Waititu promised that by June this year, his government will have tarmacked all the major roads within the residential areas in Thika as he went ahead to tackle the water shortage crisis affecting majority of the residents living in Kiambu County.

“We have already amalgamated all the 8 Kiambu water companies into one major companies so as to ease water management within the county.  This way it will be easier to work with and ensure all residents access clean and safe water,” explained Waititu.

“We have also embarked on an ambitious KES. 60 billion dam projects across the county which when completed, will be enough to quench the thirst of Kiambu people,” he added.

Waititu warned that his government was in the process of repossessing all grabbed land belonging to the county government, pointing out that already there were 150 parcels of land in Thika whose title deeds had been cancelled and were in the process of being reverted back to the county government.

On traffic congestion within Thika town, Waititu said that they were working overboard to ensure the construction of Karatina road were hastened and were also in the process of purchasing a piece of land in Makongeni to be used as a bus park.

“We are in the process of purchasing some three acres next Ananas Mall in Makongeni to be used a bus park. My government has also procured some KES. 1.7 billion to construct a modern-storey market in Makongeni,” he concluded.

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