Kirinyaga: DP Gachagua attends mass funeral for victims of killer brew

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On Sat, 17 Feb, 2024 11:16 | < 1 min read
Kirinyaga: DP Gachagua attends mass funeral for victims of killer brew
Mass funeral for victims of killer brew underway in Kangai, Kirinyaga County. PHOTO/Kameme FM/Facebook

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and his wife Dorcas Rigathi have arrived in Kangai, Kirinyaga County for the mass burial of at least 17 people who died after consuming illicit brew.

The farewell ceremony is taking place at Kandongu Primary School.

Reports show that the killer brew had been stored at the Kiamaciri police station before four rogue officers sold it to a member of the community causing the tragic incident.

The four alongside the owner of the bar where the liquor was traded identified as John Muriithithe are in police custody.

Speaking on Friday when he ordered a countrywide police crackdown on all village bars, Interior and National Administration Cabinet Secretary (CS) Kithure Kindiki noted that the government will ensure the proprietor will receive serious charges for his actions.

"We intend to charge Muriithi with the most serious crimes ever in our statutes. The murder of so many people is not a small thing and therefore we are not looking at routine charges about operating without a license and other misdemeanours," Kindiki said.  

"We are looking at putting up a proper and water-tight case. This fellow will never know freedom again."

The CS further directed that licenses will only be issued to established liquor businesses operating in shopping centres.

"I have directed the relevant officials to close all outlets that are selling alcohol in the villages because there are people who have set up alcoholic establishments in the middle of villages, and this is what has ruined very many families," the CS stated in Kirinyaga.

Adding; "We cannot have people have licenses to operate paths in villages, because this is what is affecting very many families."

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