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Police net over 2,700 litres of illicit brew

04 July 2013, 14:49 Arap Yego

Police in Mt. Elgon Sub-County over the last one week have arrested over 40 people and impounded at least 2,500 litres of illicit local brew popularly known as busaa and another over 200 litres of the potent chang’aa brew, as law enforcers in the region step up the fight against illicit brews.

A major crackdown on the menace was launched in the two districts of Cheptais and Mt. Elgon in Bungoma County.

Speaking to the press in Kapsokwony, Mt. Elgon D.OI Philip Mbuvi said the war against illegal brews is still ongoing and warned those engaging in the vice that they will be dealt with accordingly.

Mbuvi said the operation has largely been successful because it has jointly been carried out by police officers and members of the local provincial administration.

“Village elders, assistant chiefs and chiefs have assisted in mapping the areas regarded major brewing hotspots, in their jurisdiction, it’s only a matter of time before security officers descend on all these areas,” said Mbuvi, who revealed that the major hotspots include Kongit, Kaptelelio, Bugaa and Kibuk areas.

According to the D.O I, over 1 000 litres of busaa, 100 litres of chang’aa and 300 litres of Kangara - that is used to make chang’aa - have been impounded by the police in Mt. Elgon District alone last week. 20 people from Kaptama and Kapsokwony Divisions that make up the district have been arrested and taken to court.

Cheptais OCPD Ezekiel Kiche confirmed that several swoops have been carried on the illicit brew dens in Cheptais district by his officers.

“We have intensified our war to kick out the menace that has greatly affected development activities in the district and that has also been partly blamed for increased cases of underage girls' pregnancies in the district,” said Kiche.

Over 1 000 litres of busaa was netted in a swoop last week in Chepkaram and Nairobi -B Villages, all within Ngachi Sub-Location in the district.

Independent investigations have established that chang’aa drink that is packed in clear paper bags and sold in the Cheptais District is majorly sourced from a neighbouring country. 

Boda boda cyclists’ play a major role in the transportation of the lethal drink from where it is manufactured to the merchants.

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