Keumbu commercial centre, located on the main Kisii-Keroka route, appears to be a bustling town.
Sugarcane is abundant in the town of Nyaribari Chache, which is part of the Nyaribari Chache constituency.
Whenever motorists slow down, vendors rush to offer sugarcane, avocados, and passion fruits to passing motorists.
There are a slew of public dens where illegal beers and bhang are sold.
In the afternoons, a visitor will come across groups of young people smoking bhang and gambling in an open field near to the residence of an elected official.
Residents claim that their children have dropped out of school as a result of the readily available narcotics.
Their lives have been damaged by money-hungry people who are unconcerned about the young lives they are destroying.
Keumbu elders cited narcotics and illicit brews as serious difficulties among young men during barazas held late last year.
This came after alarming figures revealed that at least 15 male adults in Kisii Central sub-county, the bulk of whom were between the ages of 15 and 35, committed suicide every year.
It was reported that 85 percent of detainees at the Kisii GK jail were male, with 60 percent guilty of sexual offenses.
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In this sense, Kisii Central Deputy Commissioner Wilberforce Kilonzo organized meetings known as the Baraza la Wanaume, which allowed residents to discuss issues that affected them.
The effort, which began in December and is still going strong in other sections of the constituency, gave Keumbu’s elders a platform to express their dissatisfaction with illicit brews and drugs that have ruined their children’s life while also accusing authorities of doing little to stop them.
“Drugs are all over the place. Mr Josephat Machuka, an elder who attended a baraza in December, bemoaned, “Gambling is the rule of the day in Keumbu.”
“Things have changed, and our children have lost their focus. They hardly ever pay attention to you.” He added.
Atrocities were committed in the area a little more than a year ago by gangs who were said to plan their escapades in the drug dens.
The gangs would break out at night and loot and rape.
They would engage cops in dramatic shootouts before disappearing into thin air.
According to witnesses, the gangsters disguised themselves as police officers in order to cause confusion when staging attacks.
Residents have urged law enforcement to restore sanity to the town and apprehend those involved in illegal activities.
Assistant County Commissioner Joshua Muthoka promised at the Keumbu public baraza for men that the government would do everything possible to apprehend drug dealers.
Mr Muthoka, the assistant county commissioner for Keumbu, challenged parents and young people to face their challenges head on.
He promised to take tough measures against illegal brewers and drug traffickers.
Mr Kilonzo, the deputy county commissioner for Kisii Central, stated that they will come up with forums that will be useful in developing a psychosocial support program.