Secret liquor manufacturing industry discovered in Murang’a
27 May 2016, 13:57
Nairobi - A security team from Murang’a County has discovered an illicit liquor manufacturing plant at Kimorori area near Kenol market, Maragua constituency.
Led by area Deputy County Commissioner, Samuel Njora, the officers stormed a building which was locked from inside only to find workers busy distilling and packaging brews branded as ‘Kingdom’
At first, the team faced a challenge to enter the building after two people who were found at the compound claimed they had no keys.
Police were forced to break into the one big roomed house where 15 workers were found processing the brews.
Later the owner of the plant identified as Penninah Wairimu was nabbed while she was on her way to the plant.
Njora said they got a tip off from area residents that a suspicious business was taking place in the premises.
“There are reports that pig keeping takes place in this compound but one could not know the business being undertaken in this building since it is always closed and the workers are not from the area,” noted Njora.
He said samples of the brew manufactured in the plant will be taken for verification at the government chemistry since only water and methanol were being mixed and packed for selling.
“What we have witnessed is processing of substandard alcoholic products which might be dangerous for human consumption and we will present some samples at government chemistry for verification,” said the administrator.
He further observed that the owner of the plant is not from the local area and he suspects that the business might have been shifted from Nairobi.
As the war against illicit brews intensified in the Mount Kenya region some unscrupulous business people have opted to use isolated houses and abandoned homesteads in rural areas to manufacture the killer brews.
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