‘Saitan’: Nyeri’s adversary of sobriety

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Residents of Ithe Kahuno village in Tetu, Nyeri County mourn lives of their loved ones, taken out by alcoholism. NACADA statistics show that numbers of men aged 15-64 that have struggled to put the glass down have been going up in Central Kenya.

In July 2015, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta summoned Members of Parliament from the country’s central region to State House in Nairobi. ‘We must agree we have a problem that needs immediate action,’ he told them, declaring ‘agenda number one is pombe (alcohol), number two is pombe and three is pombe’, writes The Elephant.

The president stated that the country was in the throes of a drinking crisis fuelled by the availability of cheap, illicit alcohol, with dire warnings of an entire generation being lost to booze. So alarmed was he that he ordered the assembled legislators, the paramilitary police and the citizenry ‘to move from door to door closing all outlets selling the illicit drinks.

In Ithe Kahuno, most drinking dens have been ordered shut. MboniYaTV47’s Sam Gititu visited the area and as he found out, women and children have been worse.

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