Chiefs behind illicit brew upsurge in Magadi

Magadi town.Photo by Obegi Malack

By Our Reporter

Local administrators in Magadi, Kajiado County have been accuse of abetting the sharp  increase of illicit brew trade to the chagrin of  local residents.

Illegal liqour brewing dens have mushroomed all over the Sub-County where many youth and able bodied men are hooked on the booze.

The revelers patronize beer rooms in the villages around the clock in total disregard of Covid 19 protocols.

The sleepy villages of Ngomonko and Entasopia with dozens of brewing centres are the most hit.

A spot check indicates that the traditional brew known as Rorongana is brewed and sold in broad day light.

Here, youths and elderly mingle freely in drinking sprees occasioning public altercations that threaten public peace.

The sale of the illicit brew is also attributed to insecurity cases and fights between herders relocating livestock in search of pasture and locals.

Mr Ramadan Muendo says he recently almost lost his teenage son after a night long drinking spree and that dozens of youths from this region have been turned into zombie and they are not ready to work.

โ€œThe situation is alarming because I was called in the dead hours of the night to rush my son to hospitals recently when he became unconscious after taking the traditional brew,โ€ said Mr Muendo.

Chiefs and their assistants are blamed for the increase of the traditional brew and busaa. Local residents point accusing fingers at the local administrators for allegedly collecting bribes from the brewers.

“Brewers are protected by chiefs because some and their assistants are regular customers in those illicit brew dens,โ€ said a resident who feared victimisation.

Magadi Division is the driest part of Kajiado County with high poverty index level and area residents are mostly herders.

Kajiado West Sub-County Deputy County Commissioner and Kajiado County Commissioner Joshua Nkanatha could not be reached for comment.

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