NYANDARUA, Kenya, Sep 23 – Police in Nyandarua have seized more than 7,425 litters of lethal brew that was destined for Subukia town in Nakuru County as the crackdown on illegal brews intensifies.
The alcoholic drink was intercepted as it was being transported in a lorry as it left Nyahururu town on Thursday last night on the Nakuru-Nyahururu road.
Nyandarua police chief Jasper Ombati who led the operation said that the lethal brew was suspected to have been brewed in Naivasha and was being transported to Nyahururu and its environs for sale.
He said that the seizure followed a tip off from members of the public that the illegal liquor was in transit.
“We received a tip off from members of the public and that was when we laid an ambush and mounted road blocks along the roads leading to the town. We managed to impound the vehicle which was transporting the illegal brew,” he said.
Ombati said that the liquor was packed in five main brands namely Yuris, Vuvuzela, Choices, Suka, and Kata Pingu all packed in plastic containers.
Ombati said police were very clear on the war against second generation beers and called on members of the public to remain vigilant and also team up with the security agents in order to win the war and also ensure Kenyans were safe.
He said that no one was arrested as the occupants of the vehicle escaped upon seeing the police at the road block.
The police chief noted that the police were on the lookout for a prominent businessman who they said was behind the brewing syndicate within the town.
“This is a known businessman who has a depot within the town and we are going to arrest him soon. We are following crucial leads to know his whereabouts,” he noted.
He warned that the war against illegal brews in the region would continue and those found selling alcoholic drinks packed in plastic containers would be arrested.
“We are following the presidential directive and those found contravening the law will be arrested and prosecuted. We are not leaving anything to chance and the crackdown will continue,” he said.
Ol-Kalou Member of Parliament Erastus Mureithi lauded the security officers for managing to confiscate the brews in transit and called on the government to ensure that all businesses dealing with such liquor were closed down and all their licenses cancelled.
He said time has come for Kenyans to also help in identifying brewers within their neighbourhood and encourage them to look for alternative ways of earning a living.
The crackdown followed a demonstration by over 300 Nyahururu women who protested against rising cases of illegal brew sale in the area last Thursday.
It also follows the death of 19people last week after they consumed illicit brew containing high levels of methanol.