, NAIROBI, Kenya July 13 – At least seven people died on Sunday after consuming toxic brew in Eldoret, just three days after 12 others died in Kapsabet.
Among the dead are two students from Moi University and a Form One student, according to police and medics who said several others were admitted to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.
Most of those who died were taken to the hospital from Huruma, Langas and Maili Nne estates after consuming the brew believed to have been laced with high Methanol concentration.
A top medical official at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital where most of the patients were admitted said two of them were in a critical condition “and we are trying to save them.”
“Most of them consumed the brew on Saturday night, and there are those who drunk in the morning,” a senior police officer said, adding that most of those taken to hospital are peasant farmers in Uasin Gishu County.
The deaths comes after 12 other people, including an Assistant Chief died in Kapsabet after consuming toxic brew said to have been sourced from Uganda.
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.