Lawyer Kabugu Muguku(center) for Kenya Association of Spirit Manufacturers of Kenya, share notes with Lawyer Samson Nyaberi,(left) and Harrison Kinyanjui (right) for Kabete Member of Parliament Ferdinand Waititu outside Milimani law courts after he sued the legislator, together with the Police, Internal cabinet secretary and Attorney General over destruction of their p[properties in the on-going crackdown on illicit liquor dens in he country on Monday 6 july,2015.
BY SAM ALFAN.
Kenya Association of Spirits Manufacturers of Kenya has moved to court seeking conservatory orders to restrain public officers from organizing gangs or inciting members of the public from intruding into their licensed premises on the ongoing fight again illicit liquor.
The association is protesting the Spirits e destruction and looting of their products. The association claims that the rowdy gangs are led by kabete Member of Parliament Ferdinand Waititu.
The association has sued the Inspector General, Attorney General, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Interior and Kabete Member of Parliament Ferdinand Waititu who is seen as a pioneer of the ongoing operation.
The association, comprising members such as Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL), London Distillers, Kwal, UDV (a KBL subsidiary that manufactures spirits), Africa Spirits and Keroche, has sued the Interior and Coordination Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, the Attorney General, the Inspector general of Police and Kabete Member of Parliament Ferdinand Waititu.
Through lawyer Karugu Muguku, who for brewers under the umbrella of Association of Spirit Manufacturers of Kenyathey claimed that violent looting and mass destruction of property has been tolerated and supervised by law enforcement agencies as well as by state officers even though their members are fully compliant to the laws relating to manufacturing of alcoholic drinks.
Mr Muguku told High Court judge Isaac Lenaola that the association’s members are legitimate investors who are equally entitled to the right of protection and that the raids have resulted to massive loss of property.
They want the court to issue orders stopping the sued parties from organizing further raids on properties stocking licensed alcoholic drinks besides granting them prompt protection.
This comes a day after the spirit manufacturers announced plan to sue the government for destruction to their property in the ongoing war on illicit brews adding that several legitimate businesses have been unfairly targeted.
Association of Spirit Manufacturers of Kenya chairman Francis Kiambi said yesterday that the disorderly raid on premises selling and producing alcohol in some parts of the country has been a witch-hunt likely to lead to major loan defaults after producers and distributors incurred heavy losses. The association plans to file a case in court today, it said.
Some of the major players whose products were destroyed in the raids include Kenya Breweries, London Distillers, Kwal, UDV (an arm of Kenya Breweries that specializes in spirits), Africa Spirits and Keroche.
“The losses are in billions, I cannot give the exact estimate now because we are still assessing but the losses are huge,” Kiambi said.
Kiambi pointed an accusing finger at some MPs saying they incited the public to conduct mob ‘justice’, adding that they misunderstood the presidential directive given last Wednesday. He added that in some areas, police stood by as the public looted factories and bars under the guise of searching for illicit brews.
Justice Lenaola directed the association to serve the parties and appear before him for inter parties hearing tomorrow for further directions.