Member of the County Assembly (MCA) for Mautuma Ward, Charles Anyona, has called on police and the area administration to go slow on the crackdown on people involved in the trade of the illicit brew, chang’aa.
Mr. Anyona said he was raised by his parents’ trade in the commodity and that the unmindful destruction of the brew being done by police is uncalled for.
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“I am one of the beneficiariaries of chang’aa. I have been brought up by it. It really hurts me seeing thousands of liters being destroyed! I don’t support it,” he said while speaking to the Western Kenya Times on Monday.
The MCA raised concern on the plight of vulnerable families depending on the product to school and find food and other needs for their children.
“The common mwananchi cannot afford buying expensive alcohol like Guinness, let them do it with the guidelines from the government and not to destroy the enterprise entirely,” he added.
He asked the government to come up with well laid guidelines for local breweries so that they can continue with their activities as usual.
Anyona’s reaction come as the Kakamega Deputy County Commissioner, Moses Gicharu, declares war against illicit brewing.
Tom Lutali is a seasoned scribe based in Lugari Sub-County in Kakamega County who writes human interest stories and sports for WKT.