Toxic brew kills seven in Eldoret


The seven succumbed after consuming toxic alcohol in Langas Estate in Eldoret (File)

Seven people have been confirmed dead while five others are admitted in critical condition at Moi

Teaching and Referral Hospital after consuming toxic alcohol in Langas Estate in Eldoret.

The  seven include two Moi University Students, an officer from Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital

and a form one student at Tumaini high school Langas.

Addressing the press, assistant director of  clinical services at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital

Dr. Francis Oraro says they have already taken blood samples from the victims for analysis to

ascertain the real cause of their deaths.

Uasin Gishu County Public Health Officer Isaack Ruto identified the killer brews as Coffee Spirit, Meakins and Premium Gin. He said the killer brew had been packed in sachets.

At the same time the county health docket has ordered the immediate closure of all wines and spirits joints to ascertain how far the illicit brew has spread.

Addressing the press, County Executive Committee Member for Health Mathew Rotich said the killer brews came from Uganda.

Meanwhile Deputy President William Ruto has expressed concern over the continued loss of lives to illegal alcohol consumption the country.

The deputy president directed the National Authority for the Campaign Against Drugs Abuse (NACADA) and Police to intensify efforts to eradicate illicit brews in the country.

Speaking at Longisa African Gospel Church (AGC) in Bomet County, Ruto asked the county governments to speed up the legislation to regulate the sale and distribution of alcohol in the country saying it is the only way to contain illicit liquor.

In May this year, at least 60 people died after consuming outlawed brews in Embu, Kitui, Makueni and Kiambu counties. Hundreds others were hospitalised with serious sicknesses and loss of sight.