Nakuru County’s Public Participation and Citizen Engagement Chief Officer, Edward Gitau, joined hands with his Trade counterpart, Samuel Ndegwa, in a vital community forum held in Mang’u, Menengai West Ward. This gathering, attended by local residents, business owners, and county officials, addressed the pressing issue of an increasing number of alcohol outlets and the sale of illicit substances in the area.
MCA Hon. Isaac Rotok, representing the locality, shed light on the devastating consequences of drug and alcohol abuse, especially among the youth, which has led to laziness, family breakdowns, and even tragic loss of life. Heart-wrenching stories shared by parents, such as Mr. Kariuki, emphasized the moral decay and social disorder brought about by substance abuse.
Mr. Ndegwa assured the community that strict inspections would be conducted to validate the legitimacy of local businesses. Those found selling illegal products would face severe consequences, including the revocation of their trade licenses.
The event saw the presence of several key stakeholders, including Administration Officers, the Police Service, local Chiefs, Kenya Revenue Officers, Sub-County Liquor Committee Members, and the Ward Administrator. This community forum exemplifies the collective commitment to combatting illicit trade and substance abuse in Mang’u and its surrounding areas.