More than 45 churches in Meru County protested against the high number of pubs compared to other vending kiosks. An increase in the number of pubs where liquor and other alcoholic substances are abused has led to a massive rise in both domestic and gender-based violence, which results in deaths. The locals are urging the government to reduce the number of shops selling wines and spirits specifically by not renewing their license in 2020.
The believers who came from churches located in Central Imenti, Meru County, took to the street on Sunday 15th December, claiming there is an influx in joints selling both wines and spirits. The angry worshippers held their demonstrations in the Kithure market led by various religious leaders who blamed the business for premature deaths and unproductivity among the youths.
Amongst the congregation, other officials joined the demonstrations, who include Kithirune Development Committee Officials and Abothuguchi MCA Patrick Muthure. They all clarified that the County government should reign into the trade even though it is one of their sources of revenue. Muthure regretted that more business permits were issued to such traders, but blindly led to disastrous impacts among the area residents.
Muthure said, “Before the county government issues more permits and renews the existing ones, the Meru County Alcohol Control Boards should discuss the matter with both local leaders and the residents.”
Kithurine Chief Faith Kagwira said that the partnership with churches and local leaders aims at eradicating the alcohol menace, which is quickly invading the county.