Embu: Five neighbours die after allegedly sharing illicit brew

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 24 Jun, 2022 22:20 | < 1 min read
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Five people have died after allegedly taking illicit brew in Karuku village in Mwea ward Mbeere South Subcounty in Embu county.

The five are all neighbours. Of the five, three died on Wednesday, and the other two succumbed today.

It is also reported that two more are admitted to the hospital and they have allegedly lost sight.

According to some reports by police one of the deceased had received his contribution of Ksh35,000 in a merry-go-round that they run with his friends and they went on a drinking spree.

Upon returning home on Wednesday two men are said to have died with one dying yesterday and two others dying today.

Mbeere South Subcounty police commander Gregory Mutiso said he is only aware of three people who have died noting that they had travelled to masinga in Machakos for fun.

He said after the death of the first duo, they launched investigations and took samples of the alcohol they reportedly consumed for further sampling.

"I know only three people who have died we have taken samples of the alcohol they reportedly consumed for examination," Mutiso noted.

He noted they are investigating whether there might be an element of poisoning adding a fresh twist that the deceased might have consumed crocodile meat which may have turned on them.

"There are reports we have received they consumed crocodile meat on their way home and it's a matter we are investigating too," Mutiso added.

Mutiso said the bodies will be subjected to postmortem to ascertain the real cause of the death.

All the deceased are said to have been complaining about stomach each, loss of sight and weakness.