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Scores arrested in crackdown to nab liqour joints flouting COVID-19 protocols

Kiambu County Government has kicked off a major crackdown against unlicensed liquor outlets, those that failed to comply with Alcoholic Drinks Act and COVID-19 protocols.

On Monday, several liquor operators were arrested for flouting these regulations in a police raid the Witeithie OCS  Martin Murimi.

Juja sub-county administrator Selina Murithii said the move was meant to contain the skyrocketing spread of covid-19 and also level the business playground.

While addressing liquor traders from Witeithie, Juja Sub-County Administrator Selina Murithii said that the move was aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19 in the region.

Among the prime targets were traders operating without 2020 license, those not adhering to COVID-19 protocols and all illegal wine and spirit joints. Others were traders who sold alcohol outside the prescribed times.

“You should prepare yourself to pay for this year's and next year's licenses plus penalty for default.” she warned those operating without valid licences.

“If you are operating a wine and spirit outlet that is selling its product in pieces, kindly stop. Only wholesale operators selling bulk products will be allowed to do business,” she added.

Among those present included the area MCA Julius Macharia Taki, Witeithie senior chief Muchui Muiruri and OCS Martin Murimi.

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