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Chief under probe over illicit brew

12 September 2013, 15:41 Joseph Njung’eh

Thika - A chief in Thika East sub-County is under investigations for allegedly colluding with illicit liquor brewers to continue with the illegal business.

Area acting sub-County Commissioner, Solomon Komen, accused Ithanga location Chief of charging protection fee from the brewers who have continued brewing the illicit drink along the banks of Thika River.

He was speaking on Wednesday during a crackdown on illicit brew along Thika River in Kilimambogo area where over 5 000 liters of kangara, 300 liters of chang'aa and 150 distillation containers were confiscated.

Illicit brew den.

The Commissioner, who was accompanied by armed Administration Police officers, had to hire the services of divers from the 14 falls National Park to apprehend the brewers who tried to swim across the hippo-infested river to evade arrest.

Komen was taking heed of a presidential directive against the brews and warned that the crackdown would continue in the area until all the brewers were brought to book.

He stated that if investigations revealed the female chief was culpable of abetting the brewing activities, she would be sacked. The chief did not participate in the crackdown.

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