Yes, I have been brewing chang’aa, mother to burnt children confesses

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The  mother  of  four children  currently  fighting for their lives at Kericho County Referral Hospital after suffering burns has  confessed   to having  been brewing chang’aa to fend for her family.

The  children got burnt after a boiling pot containing water meant for chang’aa brewing exploded in their house on Thursday  as they slept.

And  now their shocked mother, Vicky Cherotich lamented that she resulted to the illegal business out of hopelessness after her husband chased her away from their matrimonial home together with the children.

“I was at home boiling water to prepare the illegal brew in a pot, while my five children were asleep near the fireplace,” she  recalled, adding that it was at around 3am when the pot exploded with the steamy water injuring the siblings.

Cherotich  added her first born child managed to escape as he was sleeping near the door of their iron sheets constructed house, while the other four children were unlucky.

Addressing  the media at the Hospital casualty wing, Dr. Willy  Tanui said the children aged six, five, three and  three months respectively, received 40 percent burns and required specialized treatment.

“We have blistered the burnt areas, gave them anesthesia and we are planning to refer them to Moi Teaching and Referral  Hospital in Eldoret for admission to burns unit, at the high dependency section,” said Dr. Tanui.

Present at the hospital grounds was the Kapsoit ward MCA, Paul Chirchir, who called on the county commissioner, police commander and chiefs in the region to step up war against illegal brews and drugs in the area.

By  Sarah  Njagi

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