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Businessman arrested for selling substandard liqour

21 August 2013, 13:39 James Kabotia

Security agents on Monday raided a Wines and Spirits shop at Chaka town in Kieni, Nyeri, where they nabbed a man suspected to have been manufacturing and selling substandard liquor.

The police led by Kieni Deputy County Commissioner Daniel Ondabu arrested of the owner of Diamond Wines and Spirits shop where they impounded on several labeled bottles which had been cleansed and exclusively kept in a store.

The security agents also discovered lots of cleansed bottle tops that had been packed in sacks and boxes.

Myriads of residents who flocked at the scene were shocked to learn that the man had been operating the business illegally without business permit.  

Ondabu said they suspected that the man has been illegally mixing various alcohol concoctions to manufacture some of the brews he sold in the business outlet.

“We doubt the quality of these brews and we have nabbed some samples which will be taken to government chemist to establish whether the man has been selling the correct products to these locals. We are not discouraging such businesses in this area but we are discouraging illegal businesses,” said Ondabu.

He said that the man had early this year made an application to be licensed and was instructed to pay for the license before March 28 but he declined to pay.

When questioned, the man said that he had been selling the bottles and bottle tops as scrap items in town.

However, the District Commissioner said that they are investigating whether the claims were genuine, saying that the team will continue probing other wines and spirits operators in Kieni Sub County.  

Ondabu said that the team impounded and destroyed more than 720 liters of chang’aa which was been brewed at River Honi.

“During last week’s operation, the brewer escaped and we did not manage to make an arrest. But it has been discovered that the brewer is issuing threats to my chiefs. Let the person be warned that the government will not condone such trivial threats,” said the austere DC.

Last week, police in Nyeri Central Sub County raided a chang’aa brewery and impounded 800 litres of chang’aa at Thunguma village.

Administration police officers, chiefs and their assistants led by Deputy County Commissioner John Marete also destroyed chemicals loaded in jerricans hidden in a thicket.

The officers poured the chang’aa and destroyed more than fifty jerricans in the raid.

The suspected brewers were said to have left after the armed police officers surrounded the brewing den located along the banks of Chania River.

Marete said that few months ago, they had arrested the suspect who is notorious in brewing where they took him to the court but was bailed out by her mother.

The suspect who is the owner of the brewing den is said to have gone into hiding.

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