Kimilili: Suspected Poisoned Chang’aa Claims 5, 12 Hospitalized

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Five people died and 12 hospitalized after consuming Chang’aa in Bungoma County.

The Tuesday evening incident has sparked protests from area residents who asked the government to ban illicit brew.

The incident took place at Canaan village in Kamukuywa ward, Kimilili Sub County. Three of those who sucvumbed were women while two were men.

They were identified as Eunice Nakitare, Redempta Nakhungu, Lawrence Simiyu, Beatrice Walumoli and Wafula Simiyu. 

Other people who also took the brew complained of stomachache, loss of sight and general body weakness. 

Those who survived death by a whisker were rushed to various local dispensaries. 

The businesswoman who was at the centre of brewing was also admitted at Kimilili sub county hospital after she also took some of it.

Kimilili sub county  police boss Muita Marwa confirmed the deaths. 

The OCPD said that four died on Tuesday while one died on Wednesday morning while receiving treatment. 

Area locals confirmed that the village had several drinking dens adding that about six dens were scattered about one hundred metres apart in the village. 

One of the victims Japheth Nakitare whose wife perished stated that he was saddened following her death. 

“My wife whom we have been married for about 35 years and we are blessed with seven children was very outgoing and loving,”he said. 

He added, “I left home to work on a certain job in a neighboring village and when I returned in the evening I was told by my grandson that my wife had been rushed to hospital where she was in a critical condition when I arrived there she was dead,”

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