10 Kenyans die after consuming illicit brew

Although Kenya has outlawed local brews unscrupulous brewers continue to sell cheap illicit brew

Although Kenya has outlawed local brews unscrupulous brewers continue to sell cheap illicit brew

NAIROBI – At least 10 people were confirmed dead on Monday in a slum in Embu, a town located some 120kms northeast of the capital Nairobi, after consuming illegal brew.

"We can confirm that ten died after taking the drink. One has been blinded," Dr. Mark Nderitu of the Embu Provincial Hospital told Anadolu Agency by phone.

He said more than 20 others have been hospitalized, including three in critical conditions.

Nderitu said the victims had been drinking at a popular illegal brew bar in Embu.

"We are yet to ascertain what chemical was in the brew but we suspect methanol," he added.

Although Kenya has outlawed local brews unscrupulous brewers continue to sell cheap illicit brew, especially in poverty-stricken parts of the East African country.

Several raids on illicit brew dens have not yield much with some policemen alleged to be part of the problem by soliciting bribes from the brewers.

In 2010, at least 50 people were killed at a slum in Nairobi after drinking illegal traditional brew.

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