Four policemen in court for allegedly stealing Kirinyaga killer brew

Four police officers have been arraigned in connection with the accusation of theft and sale of illicit brew that killed at least 17 people in Kangai, Kirinyaga County.

Among those taken to court is the former Officer Commanding Station at Kiamaciri Police Station.

They allegedly broke into a store at Kiamaciri Police Station in Mwea West sub-County and stole the exhibit which they then sold to a local trader.

Last week, 17 people died in Kangai village and several were blinded after consuming the toxic brew believed to be a police exhibit.

Following the incident, Kirinyaga County Commissioner Tobiko Naiyoma and all senior security officers from the region have been recalled to Nairobi to pave way for investigations.

The owner of the bar where the illicit brew was consumed has also been arrested and is expected to be charged.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, who has been spearheading an intense fight against the business of illicit brews in Mt Kenya region, vowed tough action against government officers abetting the venture.

Last week, Mr Gachagua ordered the transfer of top police officers and national government officers in Kirinyaga for ‘sleeping’ on the job.

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