Natembeya: I won’t kill chang’aa business if elected governor
It will be a sigh of relief for illegal brew sellers in Trans Nzoia County following the pronouncement by the former Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya, that he will create a conducive environment for investors who want to set up alcohol companies in the county once he is elected Governor.
While addressing thousands of residents at Kenyatta stadium during the launch of his gubernatorial bid, Natembeya said operations on illegal liquor does not have any value.
"We, together with the police officers and chiefs have been pouring chang'aa in our villages, and we have never achieved anything through that. I wouldn't continue doing the same thing and expecting different results. I have now left the camp of pouring alcohol," Natembeya said.
Further, he said he will set aside some funds for women empowerment as soon as he assumes office.
"In my government, I will give those women some start-up capital to engage in other business ventures but those who want to continue with chang'aa business will have to comply with the guidelines laid down," he added.
He said anybody who intends to engage in the liquor manufacturing business must have at least a Bachelor's degree in BioChemistry which majority of women in the villages don't have.
"For you to manufacture alcohol, you must have a degree in BioChemistry which I know our women don't have. Therefore, I will invite investors to put up industries that will focus on alcohol manufacturing that can be packaged and sold in our supermarkets," he said.
Speaking at the same event, Cherangany Member of Parliament Joshua Kutuny urged police officers to stop harassing innocent youths.
"I have received several complaints that our men in uniform harass innocent youths. Such officers should be warned that the era of the police force is long gone. We are now in the era of police service," Kutuny said.
The vocal Jubilee lawmaker appealed to Natembeya to consider all the communities in Trans Nzoia in his government.
"We have suffered in Trans Nzoia for the last ten years because all employment opportunities were taken to Bungoma. Natembeya please, ensure you balance all the ethnic communities in your government," he pleaded.
Natembeya will run for governorship in Trans Nzoia County using the Democratic Action Party of Kenya ticket.
The party is led by Kanduyi Member of Parliament Wafula Wamunyinyi.