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City slum raided in war on illicit brews

Liquor poured, drums pierced and jerricans confiscated during the operation

In Summary

• Illicit brews are rising following closure of bars and ban on alcohol sales in restaurants

• In Njiru, more than 500 litres were destroyed and one culprit arrested

Njiru area chief Teresiah Wambui and Black Pen Community Based Organisation destroy local liquor
Njiru area chief Teresiah Wambui and Black Pen Community Based Organisation destroy local liquor
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI

Njiru chief Teresiah Wambui last week mobilised youths from Black Pen CBO to demolish chang’aa dens in Shiranga, Njiru, Nairobi. The group destroyed more than 500 litres and arrested one culprit.

“It is stressful to eradicate illicit brew," Wambui said. "Sometimes when taking culprits to court, justice is not served as most are familiar with the courtrooms and have the charge sheets altered.

 

“If you involve the police, you will not arrest any culprits because they work together. It is mostly the low-ranking officers who often patrol around, collecting money from the dens.”

One culprit, Jane Njambi, a single mother of two, said, “I was introduced to the business by a friend, who taught me the use of chemicals such as Pasha that accelerate fermentation.”

Njiru chief Teresiah Wambui destroys fermented liquor
Njiru chief Teresiah Wambui destroys fermented liquor
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI
Githinji carries jerricans used to store Illicit liquor
Githinji carries jerricans used to store Illicit liquor
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI
Mwangi Mokameda and Githinji hold used packets of Pasha
Mwangi Mokameda and Githinji hold used packets of Pasha
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI
Njiru chief Teresiah Wambui gathers some illicit liquor as an exhibit
Njiru chief Teresiah Wambui gathers some illicit liquor as an exhibit 
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI
Destroyed chang'aa den gate
Destroyed chang'aa den gate
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI
Black Pen CBO destroys drums used to store fermenting liquor
Black Pen CBO destroys drums used to store fermenting liquor
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI