Police officers in the Mount Kenya region are urging the government to ban politicians in power from owning bars.

They say these politicians often collaborate to obstruct punishment against officers enforcing the law.

A senior security official in the Central region hinted to Taifa Digital that “we have over 65 politicians who own bars.”

He said these politicians are mostly in county assemblies and are influential figures responsible for licensing.

“These politicians ensure they acquire licenses for their bars, leveraging their political influence to circumvent the law and even punish officers who raid their establishments,” he said.

Murang’a has been named as one of the counties where a senior government official has 23 family members owning liquor businesses.

“All their clubs, even those near schools and with a history of selling dangerous alcohol, get licenses because of their influence,” he said.

Police officers advocating for strict adherence to the law are threatened with transfer or even dismissal.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, leading the fight against illicit and harmful alcohol, is now required to ensure even politician investors in the wine business are regulated.

“Politicians are the most dangerous in the wine trade. In Murang’a town, for example, there are several politicians leading a network of selling substandard alcohol,” said a security official from East Murang’a.

He added, “You cannot challenge this political network legally because they intimidate you and organize protests.”

Bars owned by associates of these politicians often violate laws, including operating hours.

Furthermore, their establishments blare loud music late into the night.

The official said these politicians hide illegal alcohol in their homes and, with their political and security connections, act as their own government, constitution, and law.

He claimed that every officer sent on duty must first understand these political networks, with warnings issued against disrupting their business arrangements.

Several officers have reported being transferred due to the influence of politicians and their wine business associates.