Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has announced plans to Sack 100 chiefs by December 31 of this year due to their perceived negligence in addressing the issue of illicit brew sales.
Gachagua mentioned that the individuals earmarked for removal have been mutually agreed upon by himself, Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki, and Principal Secretary Raymond Omollo.
“I don’t want to sack chiefs but I want before Christmas in the whole country to sack about 100 chiefs so that they can be an example to others who are not working,” Gachagua stated on Sunday.
He further emphasized that the list of dismissals will be finalized by December 12 before the mass terminations are initiated.
Acknowledging the progress made in combating illicit brews, the Deputy President asserted that the sale of illicit brews in Nandi County had reduced by 70%, urging the County Commissioner to maintain efforts until eradication is achieved.
Gachagua has actively been engaged in the fight against illicit brews in Kenya, particularly in the Mt Kenya region and the Rift Valley.
He clarified that he concentrated efforts in these regions due to his belief that they are the most severely affected.
The Deputy President has been leading a campaign to curb the prevalence of illicit brews in the country, stressing that their continued misuse poses a significant threat to future generations.
Gachagua has previously urged the police, chiefs, and their assistants to demonstrate effectiveness and produce results.
In June, the government shut down 5,995 liquor outlets in an ongoing nationwide crackdown.
The Ministry of Interior highlighted serious safety violations and non-compliance with essential legal requirements as the grounds for closure.
Out of 43,708 assessed outlets, 37,713 were deemed compliant and authorized to resume operations.