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Women's action against sale of illicit brew

14 March 2012, 13:46 Anthony Ndungú Karomo

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Women in Tunyai location of Tharaka south district have threatened to take law into their hands against rampant selling and consumption of illicit alcoholic drinks in the area.

Speaking to the media at Tunyai market, the concerned group of women cited laxity among law enforcers and provincial administrators attributing the situation to alleged collusion between the authorities and those involved in the illegal business.

The women were also concerned that uncontrolled illicit brew business was a time bomb since excess consumption of the drinks had contributed to the disintegration of many families in the area.

They also alleged that most of the young couples were no longer getting intimate since most of the illicit brew consumers especially the young family men were no longer able to perform their conjugal duties.

The illicit brews whose alcoholic content was unknown was said to have very adverse side effects on the health of the consumers who tend to remain drunk with the substances without eating any food.

The group of women also alleged that some of the provincial administrators entrusted with task of controlling the illicit business at the sub-location level were consumers of the brews thus making them unable to deal with the sellers.

Other provincial administrators were said to be colluding with law enforcers to negotiate for some fee from the brewers so as to allow them continue with their business with no fear of being arrested and prosecuted for their crime.

The group of women most of them below 40 years had gathered to deliberate on the way forward towards containing the business in an effort to have their husbands settle at home and contribute to the welfare of their respective families.

Some men who had consumed the illicit brews for many years were said to have completely lost the ability to perform conjugal duties even when they were considered to be sober.

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