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Mututho promises stern action on illicit brew

07 May 2014, 19:16

Nairobi - National Authority for Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse NACADA boss John Mututho has promised stern action on owners of the illicit brew that has left close to 70 people dead, many more blinded and others critically sick.

Speaking in Nairobi following the disaster, Mututho, who rose to fame for his fight against alcohol abuse, said that his agency and police have leads on the owners of the brew.

Mututho, said his agency was working with police to find the manufacturers and distribution network of the toxic brew.

"Action must be taken and people must take responsibility, police are not doing their job," he said.

"It is a disaster to lose such a high number of people, it is something which could have been stopped."

Deaths from toxic alcohol are relatively common in Kenya, with similar cases making the headlines every year.

Locally-distilled alcohol, usually made from fermented maize or sorghum, is popular among the poor, as it is a fraction of the price of commercial and legally made brews.

Some of the latest victims paid as little as a third of a dollar for the shot that resulted in their hospitalisation, according to local media.

Some unscrupulous manufacturers add methanol to the concoction -- a chemical whose industrial uses include the manufacture of anti-freeze -- in order to increase its alcohol content.

Some batches that have proved lethal in recent years have turned out to be pure methanol.

Police have so far announced that two persons have been arrested over the brew.

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