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Nyumba kumi official’s life in danger for fighting illicit brew

A  Nyumba Kumi Chairman at Mwatu village, Kasarani in Elburgon of Nakuru County is fearing for his life after two arsonists attempted to torch his house on Monday night.

Reuben Kinyanjui, claims that the incident occurred due to his relentless effort in fighting illicit brews in the area.

Narrating  the incident, Kinyanjui, said on the fateful night, he was on his way out to answer call of nature and when he opened his bedroom door he found out that a section of the sitting room area was on fire.

He  woke up other family members who raised alarm and neighbours rushed in to help them put out the fire.

The attackers, through a CCTV camera installed at a nearby shop, were two men who are said to have stood by Kinyanjui’s gate for some time before gain ing entry into the homestead through the rear entrance.

They poured petrol round the house then lit it before they disappearing.

Kinyanjui  alleged that those against his effort to fight illicit brews in the area are the ones behind such act but vowed it will not deter him from fighting braving ahead.

“Illicit brew has caused them more harm than good, there is need to create a sober society that will contribute greatly to the economy,” he noted.

His mother, Jane Wangui thanked the neighbours for their timely response to their distress call.

Wangui urged illicit brewers in the area to seek other genuine means of income that will enable them raise their families well without having to create enemies and causing havoc in the society through other harmful businesses.

Most  youth in Elburgon area have lost their lives as a result of consuming illicit brew and several meetings have been held to find a way forward in addressing the problem.

The local resident say they are tired of such deaths and are ready to help in the fight against illicit brews.

They expressed willingness to l continue supporting Kinyanjui by handing over brewers to the authorities.

Area Assistant Chief, Stephen Mwangi, confirmed the incident, saying that the allegations are still being treated as suspicion but investigations into the matter have commenced.

The Assistant Chief said together with the area Assistant County Commissioner, Mary Mwikwabe, he has organised a series of barazas starting Wednesday to deal with illicit brew menace.

By  Emily  Kadzo

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