As the first term of the new academic year starts, traders in the Igembe region of Meru County have been cautioned against peddling drugs and the sale of illicit brews close to institutions of learning.
The area chief John Thiane in a baraza Tuesday said his area managers would not relent in smoking out the few selfish and unscrupulous businessmen and women who were out to destroy the community and the lives of innocent learners.
The chief vowed to use all the government machinery in smoking out the culprits and bringing them to book and subsequent prosecution in the courts of law.
“It is the high time that those selling bhang and illicit brew in Maili Tatu shopping centre and its environs start engaging in other profitable businesses or they will be forced to close their kiosks after being apprehended and prosecuted in the courts of law,” warned the chief.
Thiane regretted the adverse effect of bhang and illicit brew saying they have turned some youth into zombies hence the need for a concerted effort from both administrations, goodwill from area leadership and all other stakeholders including religious leaders who needed to train people on good morals and healthy living.
The area community manager Joseph Kabilu echoed the same sentiment saying there was a need by both national and county governments to empower community area managers through paying them some stipend to motivate them in this noble task of ensuring the wellbeing of the community in liaison with chief’s offices.