Death toll from Isiolo killer brew rises to seven

Police in Isiolo have confirmed that the death toll from the killer brew tragedy that killed five people on Monday rose to seven after two more people succumbed.

Security agencies have intensified a crackdown across the county to net and prevent circulation of the two killer brands identified as “smart vodka” and “Trace”.

Addressing Journalists outside his office yesterday, Isiolo Sub County Police Commander Captain Collins Saina said that one person has also lost his sight after consuming the alcohol, while investigations show that fourteen more cartons of the illicit and poisonous brew brand are still in circulation.

Collins appealed to those who bought the illegal spirits not to continue selling the counterfeit drinks, while the police have scaled up efforts to trace the 14 cartons that are still in circulation. According to Captain Saina, the person who lost his sight had bought one carton of the killer brew, but drank only one bottle, before sight complications arose. He is still recuperating in Hospital in a stable condition.

This comes as residents are appealing to the authorities to do more in order to curb the use of illegal drugs that is widespread in the county.

Stakeholders at the Isiolo Joint Command Centre while in a meeting yesterday raised concerns that the drug abuse situation was running out of hand in the county while suggesting that there is a need for measures to be taken urgently including the introduction of a rehabilitation center by the Isiolo county government.

Residents of Isiolo have also been overwhelmed and have called for the government to take urgent measures.

Balaf Darimo, a resident of Bulapesa said that the future is not bright for Isiolo youth engaging in the abuse.

According to Balaf, there is very little action being taken against peddlers and dealers in the hard drugs.

She said that Kete, Bhang, and Miraa were among the drugs rampant in Isiolo.

Mary Mbatia said that the deaths of people as a result of taking illegal brews were a sad thing and wondered why those associated with selling the product are not getting arrested yet they are known.

According to Sadia Boru, many youths are affected in the locality with many engaging in crime to support the drug use lifestyle which has resulted in many youths being killed.

She called on the governor and county administration to attend to the drug issue in the county which she said would save a generation of youths.


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