By Kamadi Amata
A group of women from Waithaka, located within Dagoretti, took to the streets early this morning to protest against the growing alcohol consumption among their husbands and youths in the area. Their aim was to locate and shut down bars, wine, and spirits establishments, targeting the removal of revelers from within.
The women expressed concerns over the licensing of bars and wine/spirits joints, claiming that these establishments outnumber local shops. They also lamented the tragic deaths of their children due to the consumption of illicit brews and accused corrupt police officers of accepting bribes from bar owners.
The protest was triggered by the recent deaths of two youths reportedly caused by consuming illicit brews. The women claim that their previous pleas to relevant authorities have been ignored.
Responding to the situation, a team of police officers from Kabete Police Station, led by Chief Inspector Benson Mwai, arrived at the scene and engaged in discussions with the aggrieved women. It was decided that they would visit the area District Commissioner’s Office (DCC) and the Nairobi County Liquor Licensing team, where they presented a petition to the authorities.
The area DCC, John Kanyira, the Dagoretti OCPD, and Mr. Sam Nduati assured the women that actions were being taken. They stated that the team had already begun the process of closing down bars and other outlets that had been springing up within residential areas.