Angry Chang’aa customers corner and lock police officers at an illicit den!


“County Police Commander Benjamin Mwanthi said they managed to rescue
the officers”

Thousands of litres of illicit brew netted and destroyed in Huruma Ward, Turbo Sub County /File Photo

Drama ensued at a liquor den in Uasin Gishu County when angry customers
overpowered four police officers before locking them inside the house
belonging to a woman linked to chang’aa brewing business.

The unruly and drunk mob started throwing stones and other objects at
the officers who were holed up in the two bed roomed house accusing
them of targeting their area every time they carry out a major crack
down on illicit brew dens.

The puzzling incident took place at the notorious King’ong’o informal
settlement area on the outskirt of Eldoret town where the officers had
made impromptu raids to various illicit dens following a tip off from
members of the public.

Fearing for their lives in the hands of the charged mob, the cornered
officers were forced to make frantic calls to their seniors who
responded immediately by dispatching a contingent of anti-riot police
officers in a lorry to the scene of the incident.

County Police Commander Benjamin Mwanthi said they managed to rescue
the officers who had been held hostage for over 30 minutes in the house
of a woman connected to brewing and consumption of the illicit liquor
in the area.

Speaking to the media in his office, Mwanthi said that police officers
seized over 300 litres of illicit brew from the female suspect’s house
before arresting her.

“We thank God that the angry mob did not set ablaze the house where
our officers were being held hostage, otherwise we could be talking
another story,” said Mwanthi.

He added that the security team made another impromptu raid on the
suspect’s male neighbor where they also seized over 200 litres of
illicit brew as hundreds of members of the public watched the
unfolding drama from a distance.

On learning about the crackdown by a team of more than 50 police
officers in the area other brewers escaped on foot in the nearby
expansive land under maize plantation while others took off on motor
bikes to avoid being arrested.

Mwanthi lauded members of the public for exposing the brewers to the
law enforcement officers which has made their work of nabbing the
perpetrators easy.

He pointed out that they will not relent in their fight against
illicit brew within the area which he said was notorious for the
illegal trade.

“Illicit brewing in this area has contributed immensely to insecurity
and poverty since young men and women are lost in the drinking dens
where they spend all their money they earn in construction sites in
the town,” said Mwanthi.


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