52 officials sacked following deaths from toxic liquor
08 May 2014, 22:01
Nairobi - Kenya has suspended 52 government officials following the deaths of 100 people from liquor laced with methanol, Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku said Thursday in Nairobi.
The deaths have occurred since Sunday in six counties in the east and centre of the country.
The suspended officials include the chief of the national campaign against drug abuse, the head of the government's anti-counterfeiting agency, intelligence officials, deputy county commissioners and police commanders.
Ole Lenku said he was also investigating the Kenya Bureau of Standards, the body tasked with ensuring food safety.
The government has closed down a factory of a brewing company called Comrade Limited, the minister said. "We are aware that some of our officers are colluding with these criminals, and action will be taken," he vowed.
Many liquors consumed in the country are illegally laced with industrial alcohol to make them more potent.