Drama ensued at Majengo estate of Narok town on Monday evening when local administrators raided a brewing den and poured tens of litres of Chang’aa.
The angry brewers and their customers engaged the local administrators who included, the Narok Town Assistant County Commissioner (ACC), Abdul Galgalo Diba and two chiefs in running battles as the administrators were not accompanied by police officers.
The administrators however managed to destroy 77 liters of Chang’aa amidst screams and threats from the notorious mob.
While addressing the media, the local ACC declared war on the illicit brewers, saying the drink has hiked the rate of poverty in the estate.
“This is just the beginning; no one should think he or she will scare us by threatening us with empty words. We will fight this illegal drink until it is no more in this town,” said an angry Diba.
The ACC challenged the residents to be more vigilant and volunteer information to the police or his office that will lead to the arrest of all illegal brewers in the area.
“Today we have not been able to arrest anyone because they took off when we arrived, however, I promise that we will leave no stone unturned until everyone is arrested,” said Diba.
Diba decried that the brewers and their customers did not follow Covid-19 control protocols, saying they risked their lives and that of their families as the area they lived was very unhygienic.
Residents who sought anonymity blamed the police over the illicit drinking den, saying the police receive cheap money from the brewers so as not to be arrested.
This comes at a time when President Uhuru Kenyatta banned sale of alcohol in restaurants and eateries for the next 30 days.
Uhuru said all bars will be closed indefinitely, adding that those that do not adhere to the directive will have their licenses permanently withdrawn.
By Ann Salaton