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Bureti cops arrest pupil for selling changaa

A class seven pupil in Litein town, Bureti sub-county has been arrested after she was allegedly found selling chang’aa at her home.

Confirming the incident, Bureti sub-county police commander Felician Nafula said the 13-year-old teenager was apprehended following a tip off from an informer who alerted police that illicit brew was being sold at the homestead of one Alvin Koech who is a notorious chang’aa brewer.
Nafula said Koech escaped and fled leaving behind his daughter when police arrived at the home.
The police boss said girl who is a pupil at an academy in Litein was found selling the illicit brew to two men inside the house.

She added that police arrested the three and upon conducting a thorough search they recovered 97 litres of chang’aa as well as Sh 47,000 being proceeds from the illegal business.

“A total of 97 litres was recovered after police conducted a search inside and outside the home of Alvin Koech at around 11am.

Some 50 litres was found in plastic jerricans which had been kept underground outside his home, 47 litres was found in plastic jerricans inside his house in two separate bedrooms,” said Nafula.
The minor and the two men were arrested and are currently being held at Litein police station and will be arraigned in court on Monday, added the Bureti sub-county police boss.

Koech, who has had several convictions has been on the police radar for being a notorious dealer of chang’aa at Litein town.

Police records reveal that he has five previous convictions all which he had managed to pay fines imposed by the Kericho Law courts ranging from Sh 5,000 to Sh 20,000.

His recent arreste was on 26 July 2019 at his house where 200 litres of chang’aa was recovered in an operation which lasted for five hours.

He was arraigned at Kericho Law court and released on a bond of Sh50, 000 after pleading not guilty to the charge of being in possession of alcoholic drinks for sale without a license. The case is ongoing.

By Sarah Njagi

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