Wundanyi, Sunday, June 3 2018
Chiefs and their assistants have been warned against allowing gambling activities within their jurisdiction.
Addressing wananchi, Friday in Tausa, Sub-County of Voi, the Taita Taveta County commissioner, Rodah Onyancha insisted that the government will not spare any administrator who is not keen on eradicating the vice.
“Our County has been turned into a gambling state. I have put all the chiefs on notice that within the next one week, all these machines are collected and burnt as I assure you that if the same is not done away with, you shall be sacked,” ordered Onyancha.
“Chiefs are aware of the gambling activities in their areas of jurisdiction.
They (Chiefs) should raid the areas where such illegal activities are going on to remove the gambling machines and arrest the concerned perpetrators,” she directed the administrators.
“Gambling which was recently outlawed in the region by our governor Gronton Samboja has become a lucrative business in the region.
One of the gamblers has been making up to the tune of more than Sh. 100,000 per week without a license to operate,” said the commissioner.
Noting that the cheap brews locally known as “mbangara” are responsible for the various forms of gender based violence and general crime, the tough talking administrator directed the Chiefs and their Assistants to raid all the dens that are selling second generation drinks to men and women who could no longer take care of their parental responsibilities, as they spend most of their time in such places.
Onyancha rubbished reports from chiefs that brewing of such illicit brews had become technical and difficult to eliminate it.
One of the chiefs said the brewers had become technical because they carried out their activities in the forest at night.
On gender based violence, the commissioner challenged the men to protect female gender who have been complaining of being raped by hooded men, when they go about their daily chores.
“You will do so if you stopped going to “mama pima” and be sober enough to come to the aid of your wives, daughters and sisters,” said the administrator.
Local business community, waving placards demanding for an audience with the Taita Taveta County Governor Granton Samboja on sand harvesting which has been banned in the area except for those with proper licenses. The Governor was represented at the occasion by his deputy Majala Mlagui.