Contaminated Alcohol in Nairobi Kills 4 People

Four people died after taking contaminated liquor.

File Image of illegal liquor that was nabbed during a crackdown

Police affirmed that two died on the way to Mama Lucy Hospital while the other two succumbed at the facility.

According to reports, one person went blind at the Kenyatta National Hospital due to consumption of the contaminated illegal liquor while another one is in a critical condition at Mama Lucy Hospital.

Several Arrested

Following the incident, Embakasi West Liquor Chairman Charles Ayiro stated that seven people were arrested in connection with the illicit liquor but operations were still ongoing to get the main supplier.

The Ayiro-led team broke into several wines and spirits establishment where they discovered syringes and substances suspected to have been injected into the killer liquor.

“We got a tip-off from the residents and we have managed to arrest some suspects but we are still tracking down the main supplier so that we can bring this to an end,” Ayiro remarked.

A major crackdown will be carried out starting Friday on manufacturers and liquor stores in an effort to root out those selling the contaminated liquor.


Embakasi West MP George Theuri who joined the crackdown claimed that the sale of illegal liquor was not only happening in Umoja, also in Kayole and Soweto.

In April this year, an audit of 609 existing liquor-selling outlets in the county revealed that the majority of operators had not met the minimum requirements for licensing and had flouted liquor and health regulations.

Liquor-selling premises found to be operating in residential areas and near schools were among those whose licenses were revoked.

Only five out of 120 licensed wines and spirits outlets were approved, while 115 were ordered to close down indefinitely.


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