The National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) and officers drawn from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and the National Police Service (NPS) on Wednesday netted 750 litres of pure ethanol Kiambu’s Ruaka area.
The team also recovered over 40 empty drums with a capacity of 250 litres each, suspected to have contained the ethanol
NACADA Chief Executive Officer Antony Omerikwa said the ethanol is suspected to have already been ferried for illegal activities.
“Drinking this type of alcohol is risky to health and could have dangerous consequences. Counterfeit or illegally produced alcohol can lead to blindness, and even death,” Omerikwa said.
He said NACADA is collaborating with the National Government Administrative Officers (NGAO) and other law enforcement agencies to intensify the crackdown on substandard, illicit, and counterfeit alcohol to safeguard the public from harmful products.
Omerikiwa assured that the heightened vigilance and sporadic crackdowns will continue across the country and anyone found to be complicit will face the full wrath of the law.
“We appeal to members of the public to share any information that they may have regarding the illegal manufacturing, distribution, or sale of any suspicious alcohol and other forms of drugs to the authorities,” he urged.
The operation follows an incident in Kirinyaga County where some revelers tragically lost their lives while others are still receiving treatment after consuming what is suspected to be illicit alcohol.