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Alcohol worth KES 3.4 million burnt in Othaya

04 July 2015, 19:09 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - A consignment of alcoholic drinks worth KES 3.4 million has been set ablaze at Othaya stadium, Nyeri, as war on second generation brews intensifies in Central Kenya.

The more than six brands of brew were destroyed by members of the public who were led by area MP, Mary Wambui.

Wambui led women in anti-alcoholic slogans and witnessed as the consignment distributed by UDV, a subsidiary of East African Breweries Limited (EABL) was being reduced to ashes.

The drinks were in a truck owned by Metro Logistics Company.

The more than 1 000 cartons were packed in the truck outside a beer outlet when the public raided the building and ordered the driver to take the lorry to the stadium.

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The residents later went into songs and dances as the consignment went up in flames.

Wambui said the area has 219 bars with each location having an average of 45, most of which are not licensed.

She said she will ensure the bars are reduced to about 50, adding that they will also sustain the crackdown even after the four days deadline.

“We are supporting our MP in this war against second generation brews. The brews have destroyed families and are also killing young men. We are happy that the consignment which would have been supplied to our men has been burnt,” said Elizabeth Wanderi, a resident.

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