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Senator Cherargei: Illegal alcohol makes slim people gain weight in a day

By Sammy Waweru December 20th, 2023 2 min read

Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei has expressed dismay at the dangers of illicit alcohol consumption in Kapsabet, saying its effects make addicts appear healthy when, in fact, they are ingesting poison.

Kapsabet is one of the regions within the larger Nandi District.
In a video, Mr Cherargei describes coming across people who have gained weight in just one day from drinking dangerous alcohol.

“They drink dangerous alcohol. For example, you meet a slim person who is drunk, and the next day when they wake up, they seem to have gained weight. They are being fattened up by the chemicals used to brew the illegal alcohol,” the senator said.

He added: “Addicts wake up with swollen eyes, and their ‘transformers’ (referring to their reproductive organs) are simply dead.

While Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua is spearheading the fight against drug abuse and illicit alcohol across the country, the politician mentioned that the operation in Nandi District is ongoing but being hampered by police stations.

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Cherargei accused the police of releasing offenders on bail instead of charging them.

“Anyone found brewing dangerous alcohol that kills people should be charged and thrown in jail to avoid mixing with the public again.”

He applauded the efforts of the chiefs, saying they are working diligently to combat the menace, but their efforts are often in vain.

“The chiefs arrest the illegal brewers and when they take them to the police stations, they are released on bail to continue ruining our children,” said Senator Cherargei, issuing a warning to the District Commissioners and Police Chiefs in Nandi District.

He highlighted the plans of the Ministry of Home Affairs, pointing out that CS Kithure Kindiki had ordered that no police officer should stay in one station for more than three years.

Senator Cherargei also urged the country’s religious leaders to assist in the fight against drug abuse and the menace of illicit brews.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, speaking at the launch of the operation in early 2023, warned that he would not hesitate to take stern legal action against police officers and chiefs who undermined his efforts.

He expressed concern about the losses caused by dangerous alcoholic beverages, especially among the youth, and warned that those responsible could lose their jobs.