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As death toll in Nakuru illicit brew tragedy rises to 8, police launch crackdown in Nyamira

In Summary

  • Death toll in Nakuru illicit brew tragedy rises to eight after three more people died on Wednesday.
  • Meanwhile, police in Masaba North confiscated and destroyed 6,000 litres of illicit liquor commonly referred to as ‘Kangara’ and 100 litres of chang’aa.

As death toll in Nakuru illicit brew tragedy rises to eight, police in Masaba North North, Nyamira County, on Wednesday, August 11 launched a crackdown on illicit brew dens.

Through a joint team dubbed Masaba North Security Committee, police descended on villages that are notorious for illicit brews, arresting several suspects. The lead culprit, however, dodged the dragnet.

While acting on tip-off from members of the public, the team confiscated and destroyed 6,000 litres of illicit liquor commonly referred to as ‘Kangara’ and 100 litres of chang’aa, with a street value of approximately KSh3.6 million.

Area Deputy County Commissioner Tobias Otunga said that all the suspects arrested in Esani area have pending cases in court over the same issue of illicit brew business.

Otunga commended the residents for their cooperation in volunteering information and vowed to eradicate the illegal brew business that he says has had negative effects families and society at large.

The Nakuru tragedy

Nakuru County Health Officer Dr. Daniel Wainaina says fifteen people consumed an illicit liquor in Hodi Hodi village of Bahati Constituency.

Five of the victims were confirmed dead on Tuesday, August 10 while three more died while receiving treatment on Wednesday, August 11.

Among those who have died is a 36-year-old man and his seven-month pregnant wife.

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