Illicit brew death toll rises to 21

By KNA

Uasin Gishu county commissioner has banned consumption and the sale of wines and spirits in the county (File)

The death toll in the illicit brew tragedy in the North Rift has risen to 21 as authorities scramble to find a lasting solution to the illicit brew menace.

Uasin Gishu county commissioner Abdi Hassan has since banned the trade in wines and spirits in the area as they move to stop further deaths, with the deputy president William Ruto directing NACADA and the police to bring the menace to a stop.

At least 21 lives including that of a form one student have been lost in the latest incident of killer brew.

A few months ago over a hundred Kenyans across six counties died after consuming toxic liquor.

In another incident, travelling along the Kakamega-Kisumu road was interrupted for the better part of Sunday after rowdy residents engaged police in running battles demanding an the explanation of the circumstances that led to the death of a young man allegedly killed by an Administration Police officer.

Police were forced to use teargas to disperse the residents of Muraka village after they started marching along the road interrupting transport along the road.

According an eye witness the police beat the young man to death and disposed his body in a maize plantation.

However, police dismissed the residents’ allegations.