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Police net 20 000 litres of chang'aa from a mangrove swamp

09 July 2015, 11:08 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - More than 20 000 litres of illicit brew were Wednesday destroyed by police in Tudor’s Junda area, following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive to stamp out the vice especially in informal settlements.

Mombasa County Commissioner, Nelson Marwa issued orders to public administrative heads in the coastal city Tuesday to crackdown on illicit brew dens and stamp out the vice in their respective areas.

Speaking during one of the raids, Kisauni Deputy County Commissioner Julius Kavita stated that police early Wednesday morning managed to zero in on a suspected chang'aa brewery that was safely tucked in a mangrove swamp in Junda.

He stated that once the operation is complete, more than 30 000 litres of the illicit brew will have been destroyed.

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“The brewers have devised ingenious ways to cover up their operations by operating within the seaside in a bid to avoid detection, and it has taken smart policing to close in on this scheme,” kavita stated.

He reiterated that the government will not stop raiding the illicit chang'aa dens, and warned brewers from resuming operations once the crackdown is over.

The deputy County Commissioner also said that patrols will be regularly carried out to ensure that the illegal breweries do not resume their activities.

He also revealed that the drums that were used to store the second generation brews have also been completely destroyed by the security agents.

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