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Tout dies after winning alcohol drinking competition

A matatu tout died on Sunday hours after winning an alcohol drinking competition at Mairo-Inya Township, in Nyandarua County.

Mr Francis Mungai Kimunya, 38, was drinking with some friends on Sunday evening at a local joint when one of them proposed the drinking competition.

The winner was to pocket Sh100.

“They were seated in an adjacent table to us and an argument ensued over who could drink the most alcohol in the shortest time. They later agreed on a Sh100 bet.

“He emerged the winner and took home Sh100 after gulping down three bottles of 250ml undiluted spirit,” said Mr Paul Njoroge, who was at the bar.


The deceased proceeded home after the competition only for his friends to be informed by relatives that he died in his sleep on Sunday night.

It is suspected that he died from drinking alcohol on an empty stomach and within a short time.

Confirming the incident, Nyandarua North OCPD Mr Timon Odingo said the matter was reported by the mother of the deceased after she found him dead in the morning inside his house.

“The matter was reported by one Mrs Elizabeth Nyokabi, who is the mother to the deceased. She told police that his son returned home on Sunday at around 11 pm seemingly very drunk and failed to wake up on the following day,” said Mr Odingo.


Police officers who visited the scene found him lying dead on the sofa seat inside his house. He had vomited a lot. Police collected samples of the vomit.

“We have launched investigations to establish whether he had participated in the said competition as alleged by his friends and what he had done before going home,” the OCPD noted.

The body was moved to the Nyahururu County Referral hospital mortuary.