Ambitious Program To Save Kiambu Boy Child From Brews Launched

As the fight against illicit brews intensifies in the country, Kiambu Women Rep. Anne Wamuratha, has launched an ambitious programme targeting to save the area boy child, from killer brews, through working closely with women leaders in the area.

The programme seeks to equip the women with counselling skills, to help get the youth out of the killer brews, as well as empower them to be able to report brewers and drug peddlers to authorities, so that action can be taken.

During a three-day training programme on mental health, held in Thika Town, today, Wamuratha said the new strategy came out of an intense research and statistics from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and other Non-governmental organisations, which put the County as leading in cases of mental health, murder, suicide, incest and rape, among other vices.

She said women are the best suited in matters of rescuing the boy child, as they are the positive role models, who can guide, inspire and impart life to the boy child, whom she referre
d to as being neglected.

‘Through these skills, they will help the boy-child navigate the challenges and instill a sense of responsibility and foster a commitment to community and nation building,’Wamuratha said.

This comes as women leaders in the County continue to call on the government, not to relent in the fight, saying the ongoing crackdown on illicit brews and drug substances, will address the rising cases of mental health in the County.

They said the brews have wreaked havoc in the communities through deaths, ailments, depression and addiction, a threat to future generations.

The women in attendance led by Anne Nyambura Mwangi, a Maendeleo ya Wanawake official in Thika Sub-county lauded the new strategy, saying it was timely and impactful.

Nyambura, who lost a son to the brews some years back, said time was ripe to wipe out of the region, the killer drinks.

‘Sometimes you find the youth sharing their drinks and this poses a danger of contracting tuberculosis. That’s how I lost my son. This is a f
ight that must be supported as the situation is bad for all,’ Nyambura said.

Jacinta Syombua who represented the people with disability, said the disabled were not spared either as they also bear the brunt, some having been visually impaired due to effects of the brews.

Syombua, a Kiandutu slums resident, said slums are a haven for illicit brews and called on the government, to stamp its authority and save a generation.

Source: Kenya News Agency