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Uasin Gishu police impound 5000L of illicit brew

23 July 2013, 10:46 Mwangi Karanja

More than 5000 litres of illicit brew were impounded and destroyed over the weekend at Soi location in Uasin Gishu County as the area police officers intensified war against illegal brew in the area.

The move came amid protests from from Trans Nzoia and Uasin Gishu leaders after reports revealed that more young men in the area have been consumpingthe illicit brew.

During the raid, destroyed condoms and tattered cloths were found in the busaa and kangara brewing pots.

Area chief Ben Chelule said that more families have been affected by the menace as young men are no longer productive because they spend their time at the drinking dens.

“If we allow this to continue, then the future of the young people would be in dilemma since they are the majority at local clubs. They spend much time drinking than engaging in economic endeavours,” he said.

He further urged those who wanted to engage in the business to first obtain a license from the relevant authorities saying that illicit brew is unhealthy.

In the operation, police managed to unearth more ten metallic tanks that had been hidden underground containing 4 000 litres of busaa and 20 plastic containers containing chang’aa.

Speaking to the press, area OCS Mohammed Osman, who led the operation, said that they will not relent on the war against illicit brew as the menace has greatly impacted the area economy adding that it would be contained soon.

“We are cautioning those promoting the vice that they will be dealt with accordingly as the menace has contributed largely to family problems,” he said.

“We want to end this so as to allow our young people to start small businesses to sustain themselves as drinking of this kind of alcohol might damage their health and force them to engage in illegal activities,” he added, saying that the brewers managed to escape on motor bikes after learning that police officers were pursuing them.

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