Illicit brews continue to claim lives in Gatundu North Sub- County, Kiambu county despite the government’s resolve to weed the brews out in Central Kenya through the Rapid Response Initiative (RRI) that was launched last month.
The latest incident is of a young man who died after consuming chang’aa in Mukurwe village in Mang’u area last week.
According to neighbours, the deceased Peter Mbitu Ngugi was the sole breadwinner of his two siblings both of whom are mentally challenged after their parents died years ago.
He however was a chang’aa addict. The family has been living in abject poverty in an old wooden house whose roofs leaked during the rainy season making it uninhabitable.
Well-wishers who condoled with the family lamented failure by national government administrators to contain illicit brews in the area.
The area is notorious for chang’aa brewing and consumption, especially along River Chania and Ndarugu Banks with several youths succumbing to the killer drinks over the years with the survivors turning into addicts.
Kamau Ndung’u a local leader said if not addressed ruthlessly, they will continue losing more youth to the killer brews.
He said the brewers are well connected making the fight difficult for police officers.
Mang’u location chief Mbugua Kuria said fighting the brews has been a challenge as the brewing is done on the banks of River Ndarugu that borders Gatundu North, Gatundu South and Juja sub-counties making it hard to track down the brewers.
“Whenever we conduct our raids, the brewers flee to the neighbouring sub-county making the fight difficult,” said the Chief.
He called for a concerted effort in the fight against the illicit brew menace by administrators from the three sub-counties.
He also called on the courts to be ruthless in in their sentences by giving harshest possible jail terms to the brewers to act as a deterrent to others.
Early this month, Interior Principal Secretary Dr Karanja Kibicho launched a 3-months RRI to fight illicit brews in the central Kenya region, warning brewers that the government will be ruthless.