Tuesday, 14 June 2011
BY NJENGA GICHEHA
Some 18 bars were yesterday closed down in Kiambu and their owners arrested following the death of 10 people who drank a poisonous brew. Kiambu DC Albert Kimathi led the crackdown.
The DC said they were in an operation to rid Kiambu of illicit liquor that has proved to be deadly. “We are going to carry out the crackdown without sparing any one and we are asking members of public to volunteer information on where these brews are manufactured,” he said. Prime Minister Raila visited the area on Sunday and ordered a crackdown on pubs. He directed that those selling illicit brews be arrested.
The Star has established that most of the killer brewsâ€” Miti ni dawa, Monalisa and Flying Horse â€” are manufactured in people’s homes in Karia village. The fiesta brew is said to be manufactured in Thika. Kiambu women were yesterday set to hold special prayers for the victims at Banana shopping centre.
Kiambu County Women Forum chairlady Lilian Wakiiya said the brews have caused grief and shock to the residents of Kiambu. She accused the government of doing little to curb the menace. “We are going to join hands with the grieving families and other women from Banana to conduct a peaceful prayer. This is one of the biggest tragedies that has hit Kiambu county and we regret that our children are swimming in the dreaded brews,” Wakiiya said. Kiambu public health officer Romano Kinyua said they have collected samples of nine types of brews.
He said they would be taken to Kenya Bureau of Standards and Government Chemist to determine their composition and what has caused the deaths. Kinyua said they are investigating the origin of the brews.
Meanwhile, Naivasha MP John Mututho has accused Internal Security minister George Saitoti of laxity in the fight against illegal brews. Speaking on Sunday when he visited the area, Mututho said he will move a censure motion against Saitoti in Parliament. “It is disheartening that the Ministry of Internal Security has been accused of laxity and the minister himself is not acting. I shall move this censure motion at the end of this week because we have lost a generation to this cheap liquor,” said Mututho.