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Woman Bitter with Raila after Husband's Death

He is insensitive, ignorant and careless

Damaris Kathambi, whose husband died from drinking illicit alcohol, demanded Mr Odinga to apologise following his remarks which she described as insensitive.

According to the widow chang'aa had killed so many in her community and legalising it would only have a diverse effect on the men in her area.

“I’m bitter with the NASA leader for saying he will legalise chang’aa if he ascends to power. He is being insensitive, ignorant and careless to the plight of many women and parents, who have lost their husbands and sons to consumption of such brews.


“Raila should apologise to me and my husband’s kin and many others who have gone through agony and ordeals. It’s painful to know my son will neither see his dad again nor feel his affection and tenderness because of the lethal brews," she was quoted by the Star.

The widow who hails from Limuru divulged that her partner,  Harrison Karanja, was among the scores of men who died in May 2014 from consuming chang'aa.

“I was not at home them, but relatives told me that after finishing his chores, my husband joined his friends in the bush, where they routinely met and drank chang’aa.

"They drank and after some hours, they started complaining, saying they couldn’t see Ms Kathambi was left with a son to take care of after the unfortunate demise of her husband," she was quoted by the local daily as saying.

Last week, during a campaign tour in Bungoma County, the Former Prime Minister argued that currently there was no law that illegalizes drink.


“The government should allow their people to enjoy their favourite drinks. The work of the police is to ensure the safety of Kenyans and not arresting those consuming chang'aa,” Odinga mentioned.

Though there has been an uproar over his declaration, Mr Odinga noted that he would not retract is words stating that here was nothing wrong with legalising chang’aa if properly brewed and manufactured like in neighbouring Uganda.

"I said it is normal for residents to enjoy the drink after work,” he said.

Former NACADA chairman John Mututho sharply criticised Odinga highlighting that his statements were reckless.


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