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About 670 Litres of Illicit Brew Destroyed in Narok

About 670 litres of illicit brew was destroyed at Pulunga and Silanka estates in the outskirts of Narok town last evening.

Narok Central Division Assistant County Commissioner (ACC) Abdi Shakur Ali said they got a tip off from the members of the public informing them of the illegal business in the area, prompting the action.

Ali said he mobilized the chiefs and the Nyumba Kumi elders who together raided the drinking den and destroyed 670 litres of a mixture of Chang’aa and 49 bottles of second-generation spirit.

He thanked the members of the public for volunteering information that led to the drinking dens warning those with such businesses that the long arm of the law would punish them.

However, Ali confirmed that no person was arrested during the raid as the owners abandoned the site and took off when the officers arrived.

“We will continue invading the illegal drinking dens until we bring to an end all acts of illicit brewing. I ask residents to continue volunteering information on the illicit drinks’ brewers,” he said.

The raid comes a few days after National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) and the County Government of Narok held a sensitization campaign in the area to sensitize residents on the effects of illicit brew.

NACADA South Rift manager Robert Olweny warned that those who consume the illicit brew are likely to suffer from liver cirrhosis, kidney failure, blindness and men become impotent.

The illegal alcohol he said, also increases domestic violence, poverty, mental sickness especially when one starts consuming at an early age and increases chances of suicide.

In November, the state launched a 100-day Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) to get rid of counterfeit alcoholic drinks, illicit brews and narcotic substances.

The RRI sought to enforce compliance with the National standards and other regulations, eliminate illicit and counterfeit alcoholic drinks and educate the public on the dangers of the substances.

By Ann Salaton

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