Matiang’i fires 2 chiefs after children get drunk on chang’aa


Interior CS Fred Matiang’i speaking after opening a Capacity Building Workshop for Assistant County ...
Interior CS Fred Matiang’i speaking after opening a Capacity Building Workshop for Assistant County Commissioners (ACCs) from the Eastern Region in the Kenya School of Government in Embu. PHOTO| CITIZEN DIGITAL

In Summary

  • The five minors are reported to have stumbled upon a 5-litre jerry can of the illicit brew and drank until they fell unconscious in Kaproret village.
  • Four people alleged to be part of a cartel of chang'aa brewers have since been arrested over the incident and are currently being held at Konoin police station awaiting to be arraigned in court.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has fired Mogosiek Location chief and his assistant after five children were reported to have drank chang’aa in the area.

The five minors are reported to have stumbled upon a 5-litre jerry can of the illicit brew and drank until they fell unconscious in Kaproret village.

Four people alleged to be part of a cartel of chang’aa brewers have since been arrested over the incident and are currently being held at Konoin police station awaiting to be arraigned in court.

“We will spare no effort or resources in protecting Kenyans from these toxic substances especially if they affect the lives of our innocent children. We will act firmly and decisively on this matter” said Matiang’i.

Two of the children were treated and discharged from Kapkatet hospital and all the five are now said to be okay.

The Interior Ministry also issued a stern warning to those engaging in chang’aa trade saying action will be taken on local administrators for failing to crackdown on the vice.

“We will remain uncompromising in enforcing our zero-tolerance policy on brewing and distribution of illicit liquor,” read the statement.

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