Chang’aa brewer fined Sh320,000

by Lawyer Wanz

A chang’aa brewer has been slapped with a Sh320,000 fine after being found guilty of selling the illicit brew by a Kisumu court.

Beatrice Awino and Jackson Wanga will spend six months in jail if they cannot pay the Sh320,000 each after being found guilty of selling chang’aa. 

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They were arrested on Sunday morning while selling chang’aa at Kanyamedha, Obunga in Kisumu Central. The two were found with 740 litres of chang’aa packed in 36 jerrycans.

They were also charged with being in possession of banned polythene bags, which they used to pack and sell the illicit brew. The court ordered that the illicit brew be destroyed in accordance with the law. 

A senior court official said the exhibit will be destroyed after all the relevant government authorities, including the National Environment Management Authority, are involved. 

The suspects were arrested during a police raid in collaboration with Kanywakwar chief Maurice Ajwang. The raid followed a tip-off from the public.

Ajwang said the chang’aa was brought in from Busia and stored in a house in Kanyamedha where they distribute the commodity to other sellers. He warned that those selling illicit brew will be arrested and charged. The chief said the brew has ruined the future of many youths, especially in Obunga slums, making them unproductive.

Kisumu police boss James Ng’etich said that they will continue with the crackdown on the illicit brew.

“We are not going to relent on the war on illicit brew in the subcounty. The unscrupulous traders must be warned,” Ngetich said.


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