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Gatundu South bar owners finally succumb to Waititu's law

Wambui Wanjiru
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Changaa brewers at work in Mathare. [Photo/Aljazeera]

Gatundu South Sub-county bar owners have finally succumbed to Governor Ferdinand Waititu's crackdown on alcoholism in Kiambu saying they are willing to comply with the new law.

Speaking on Monday at Gatundu Town during a consultative meeting, the traders said that they fully support the governor's initiative as it is only meant to curb irresponsible drinking.

"We are in total support of what the governor is doing because we would also want to see people develop healthy and responsible drinking habits.They are our customers and we need them again and again," said Wanjiku Mwangi, a bar owner.

John Mwaura said that the governor should speed up the process of re-issuing the licenses as they are ready to comply with the new law as it is.

"We will work with him to ensure that those illicit brews are no more because they also affect our businesses negatively. He should just listen to us," he said.

Karera Muchai who is the Chairman of Gatundu South Bar Owners Association said that the bar owners were all in agreement that they will comply with the new law once re-issued with the licences.

"We have spoken to the taskforce members from the governor's office and we have even written a letter to Governor Waititu assuring him compliance so that we can be allowed to continue with our activities," Muchai said.

George Koimburi from the Liquor Licensing Board said he was glad that Gatundu South bar owners had accepted to comply and requested the governor to allow his officers to proceed with inspection and license those who have complied.

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