13 July 2014

Kenya: Ruto Decries Increased Illicit Brew Deaths

Nairobi — Deputy President William Ruto has emphasised the need for county governments to fastrack legislations aimed at regulating the consumption of alcohol, following deaths of seven people in Eldoret this morning.

Ruto said the police and the National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) must step up their efforts in the fight against the vice.

"We need these laws in place as soon as possible, it is very unfortunate when we continue to lose people," he said.

He said it is shameful when people continue to die because of alcohol consumption alcohol, coming just two days after 12 other people died in Kapsabet.

Those who died in Eldoret on Sunday include two Moi University students and a High School student who consumed the toxic brew on Saturday night.

Authorities have ordered the closure of all bars selling wines and spirits in Nandi County as the probe on the contents of the killer brew got underway.

The deaths in Nandi and Uasin Gishu Counties following similar ones reported in five counties in Central and Eastern parts of the country where over 80 people died after consuming toxic brews.

The government at the time announced that it had initiated measures to curb the misuse of Methanol.

"We are going to restrict the manufacture of Methanol to ensure it is not misused," Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku said at the time, when he also announced the sacking of several government officials blamed for laxity.

Lenku has not commented on the latest deaths reported in Nandi and Uasin Gishu counties, but Capital FM News has established that he is properly.

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