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Alcoholism blamed for rising suicide cases

08 May 2015, 16:40 Joseph Njung'eh

Nirinyaga - Rising cases of suicide in Kirinyaga County have been fuelled by excessive consumption of illicit brews, area Police boss David Bunei has said.

Bunei said majority of those taking their lives in the County were chronic consumers of illicit brews, adding that the vice has claimed at least five people in the last one month with majority of them being in their early 40s.

He however dismissed allegations that poverty was the main cause.

“Majority of men in the society have absconded their duties of fending for their families after taking to drinking. This has led to conflicts between couples, often forcing one of the members to commit suicide,’” said the police boss.

Bunei said police have launched massive swoops across the County to nab those involved in selling of illicit brews as one way of mitigating the vice.

He cited Ngomongo village near Kutus town as being among the leading centers for brewing and trafficking of illicit liquor within the County.

“So far, one woman from Ngomongo has been jailed for a year without an option of a fine after she was convicted of brewing and selling illicit liquor. This should serve as a warning to other members of public who plan to venture in the vice which has ruined hundreds of lives in this County for many years now,” noted Bunei.

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