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Four dead after consuming illicit brew in Murang'a

28 November 2014, 08:36 Joseph Njung’eh

Murang'a - Four people, among them a teacher, died after consuming illicit brew at a bar in Katipanga area, Murang’a County.

The victims are said to have consumed the liquor labeled “Jebel” on Saturday but developed complications where two of them died on Monday and the rest on Tuesday as they were undergoing treatment.

The local administration said there was no evidence that the four people who included the bar owner died because of the liquor as they are doing investigation to know the cause of the deaths.

One of the survivors, Simon Maina said they took the brew unsuspecting that it was dangerous because they have been taking the brand for a long time.

“This liquor is cheap and is the only packaged beer we can afford and if it has started to kill people, let us be allowed to brew our own chang’aa which is safe,” observed Maina.

Also read: Police search for illicit brew suspects

While speaking to the media at the area where the liquor was consumed, are County Commissioner Kula Hache said during inspection there was no any stock of the alleged “Jebel” liquor in any of the bars.

“Since we arrived here, we have been searching for the liquor said to cause deaths and we understand the brand is of East Africa Breweries. We are seriously investigating to know whether it was really a Jebel brand or it was rogue traders who used the stamp to sell their illicit substances,” he said.

Area MP Kamande Mwangi said investigations should be carried out to establish the source of the liquor, lamenting one of the victims was his relative.

He said many unscrupulous business people are dumping illicit brews in the area and wondered why the security personnel are not arresting the rogue traders.

“We want to know the administrators allowing illicit brews to be traded as there is no liquor which is produced in this area,” claimed Mwangi.

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