Dealers in the business of molasses in Lugari Sub-County have received a blow after the deputy county commissioner, Moses Gacharu, announced that no one will be allowed to sell without a permit from the Sugar Directorate.
Mr. Gacharu announced the directive in a move to control the brewing and consumption of illicit brews such as chang’aa for which cases have been on the rise lately, according to intelligence reports.
According to West FM, The DCC has ordered police officers and other security personnel in the sub-county to tighten surveillance to thwart any plans to sell molasses illegally.
“This outlawed brewing is heavily enhanced by the presence of so many molasses selling points,” said Gicharu, adding that his team is keen on ending illicit brewing in the sub-county by launching a heavy crackdown.
There has been a rise in criminal cases, drug abuse, poor performance in school, and school dropouts blamed on the increase in brewing activities.
According to the DCC, it is estimated that at least 400 homesteads in the sub-county are involved in the business of illicit brews.
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