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They will drink on, come death or blindness

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  1. Ab-Titchaz

    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    They'll drink on, come death or blindness

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    38 -year old Samwel Khamati lost his sight after taking illicit brew at Nairobi's Kibera slums


    JOHN NGIRACHU
    Posted Monday, July 26 2010 at 21:00


    The poison comes in various names- koroga, naps, mugacha, steam engine. It kills some and blinds others. It creates widows, widowers and orphans.

    Yet, they are hooked to it. Every morning, the survivors are back for some more.

    This is the sad story of Kenya's wretched of the earth in slums like Kibera.

    Ms Janet Wanjiku usually has her first drink of the day at 6.30am.She calls it kutoa lock or kuvunja mhead and says it gives her the energy to go about her job as a casual worker at Highrise Estate, where she gets small jobs washing clothes.


    Koroga poison


    A glass of her favourite koroga poison goes for Sh30, she says, and one is often shared between two, under an arrangement referred to as "half-time".

    "My hands shake, I get dizzy and I feel abnormal. I cannot do anything in the morning if I haven't had anything to drink," she told the Nation at Line Saba in Kibera on Monday morning.

    On Sunday morning, she headed to a house she referred to as Kwa Wa Kapere and had her usual dose of koroga, which she said is also used to make another drink popularly known as naps.

    She left the place at about 8am in the company of her boyfriend, Mr Gachie Njeri, and they went back to her small house in Soweto, another part of Kibera.

    Shortly after they got home, Mr Gachie started sweating and pacing about the room, displaying more than the usual signs of drunkenness and complaining that he was not well.

    In a panic, Janet tried calling out to her neighbours and landlord to come to the rescue of Mr Gachie. She said nobody came to help and she went about her business the whole day in a drunken stupor and went to bed when night came.

    In the morning after sobering up a little, she realised that Mr Gachie had died in the night, one of the 12 latest victims of the illicit liquor.

    One would imagine that the deaths would inspire her and others to stop the habit, or only consume beverage tested by the authorities and proved to be safe. It does not happen in Kibera.

    On Monday morning, Wanjiku had taken something to steady herself. Leo nimekunywa mugacha (Today I have taken mugacha), she declared.

    Mugacha is a cream-coloured liquid whose ingredients we could not establish.

    Mr Daniel Kinyua, a casual worker at Kenyatta Market in Ngumo Estate, said: "We drink daily, and it does not matter whether it is chang'aa or mugacha as long as it gets us drunk."

    He blew his breath as though to prove to the Nation that he had already had his morning fix.

    Methanol poisoning


    Dr Adung'o Ikol of Kenyatta National Hospital said six patients had been treated for methanol poisoning and four had died.

    Mr James Mwangi and Mr Joseph Kariuki went to the hospital when they were told of the deaths of their drinking companions.

    They appeared to have either taken less than their dead colleagues or sought treatment in good time, before the methanol could be broken down into formic acid, which leads to blindness and death.


    In the slum, 38-year-old Samuel Khamati stood in a doorway, blind but with teary eyes wide open but unseeing, even as the camera flashed in his face.


    "I want to go to the hospital but I don't know how I will," he said. He had taken the drink at a place called Gorofani kwa Wangechi and lost sight later in the day after feeling dizzy, experiencing headache and sweating unusually.

    Although she was fine, Wangari Wanjiku told the Nation she had also taken the lethal drink. This was in the course of Sunday, she said, and there had been nothing unusual about it.


    She was reluctantly contemplating going to Mbagathi District Hospital for a check-up.

    Daily Nation:*- News*|They
     
  2. Nyaralego

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    I dunn told y'all. This thing is lethal and it seems that the poeple taking it are addicted. It seems that Kumi kumi is tame compared to this koroga. Life is short. (I have just witnessed a bad accident) Everywhich way death is taking it's toll.
    The brewer of this lethal drink should be given a death sentence akipatikana. But knowing how things are huko NAI, it most probably is a person of means, ( some civic officer or something) profiting from death.
    The Government needs to act fast and swift. It is a poor show and very bad image.
     
  3. jossey1979

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    Poor Kenyans,
    May the souls of the deceased rest in peace.
    ''some people will never learn''
     
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    They did not realised that they have turned blind...ati walidhani mama muuza kazima taa...very sad...''wewe mama hata ukituzimia taa sisi hatuondoki''
     
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    Na wadau walishaanza kuishabikia ihalalishwe ili nchi iongeze wigo kukusanya mapato...!! RIP the diceased!!
     
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    Isn't that the EAC model country, the EAC giant economy, the industrial hub, the EAC gateway, the country of aggressive? Where does that come from again?
     
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    poor Kenyan's.......this reflects watu waliokata tamaa,taifa lililokosa viongozi bora........with good leaders so would have not been the case.
     
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    You must be kidding me. You think smatta and co. could stay in Kibera? The educated Kenyans who are so special in this globe, born in the worst slums on earth and yet drumming up for the best in the world. When they know they don't know that will be the time they know they don't know.
     
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    We are talking about an illicit brew that is nasty and a killer. Can we stick to the issue? Why must you just post areply just to instigate?
     
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    Nakumbuka kuna wakati bunge la kenya lilipitisha mswada kuhalalisha chan'gaa, tukasema hapa wakenya hawajuwi wanachokifanya!
     
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    Residents of Nairobi's Kibera outside the bar where 12 people died after taking illicit brew on July 25, 2010.


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    Residents of Nairobi's Kibera slum in shock after 12 of their colleagues died after taking the lethal brew.


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    A victim under medication at Kenyatta National Hospital on Monday after he drank the illicit brew.
     
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    Toxic drink death toll shoots up to 23

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    Mr Charles Wamugunda waits to be treated at KNH on Tuesday, two days after drinking an illicit brew suspected to have been laced with methanol.
    By John Ngirachu,
    Posted Tuesday, July 27 2010 at 21:00


    The number of people who died after taking an illicit brew in Nairobi's Kibera slums rose to 23 on Tuesday.
    The death toll doubled as police said they had arrested 24 people during raids on dens on Monday night and Tuesday morning.

    Nairobi police boss Antony Kibuchi said another four people had been arrested with 14 litres of chang'aa and would be arraigned in court separately.

    "We want to compile a strong case so that they can be prosecuted for causing deaths rather than simply possession of chang'aa," said Mr Kibuchi.

    Records at the City Mortuary showed 19 bodies had been taken there directly from the slum and the district hospital while four died at KNH.

    Mr Kibuchi confirmed that by Tuesday evening six people were at Mbagathi District Hospital and three at KNH.

    On Tuesday, more imbibers headed to KNH after they experienced symptoms associated with methanol poisoning.

    Mr Samwel Khamati, the man pictured in Tuesday's Daily Nation, is said to have died on Monday night at the Mbagathi District Hospital.

    But there was a problem for administrators and elders. Most of the victims did not have identity papers, fixed places of abode or traceable relatives to organise burials.

    Found dead

    "Most were addressed by their nicknames and even neighbours know nothing about them," said Laini Saba assistant chief Clement Ombati.

    At Silanga village, a few metres from Nairobi Dam, a man only known as Wambua was found dead yesterday morning, having spent Monday groaning and foaming at the mouth.

    Neighbours, though unsure, said he was a council employee and had two female friends who regularly spent the night with him.

    The women were only identified as Mwikali and Mwende.

    At KNH on Tuesday, Mr Charles Wamugunda said he took three glasses of the lethal koroga on Saturday. Later that night, he repeatedly threw up but ignored it.

    "When I feel sick after a drink, I assume it is a hangover and go for some more, so there was nothing to worry about," he said.

    Daily Nation: - News |Toxic drink death toll shoots up to 23
     
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    Sasa kama Kenyans wenyewe wanakubali kulipia gharama hizi za kujitakia hio ni shauri yao. Wameshindwa kudhibiti hata pombe za kienyeji ambazo zitawamaliza.

    Lakini ni nini asili ya pombe hii? Kwa nini ianze kuua hivi sasa? Je, kuna mkono wa mtu? Anyway our northern neighbour ni rafiki mkubwa wa the so called developed countries ... Je, wanafanya majaribio flani ambayo Kenyans hawajui? Be careful with these western countries kumbu kumbu zangu zinanikumbusha majaribio kwenye human beings kule Burundi na Rwanda in the 1950's wakati baadhi ya USA citizen's walikuwa wanafanya majaribio.

    Smatta aka Kimada upo hapo Kibera hebu tujulishe kinachojiri kabla hujarudishwa kwenye ustaarabu unakowekwa Kimada. khe khe khe kheeeeeee
     
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    Wacha1,
    I will reply to this portion of your posting, "Lakini ni nini asili ya pombe hii? Kwa nini ianze kuua hivi sasa? Je, kuna mkono wa mtu?" Mkono ni wa greedy get rich quickly death merchants.
    These illicit brews are normally laced with everything potent you can think of. In this particular instance it was laced with methanol.
    In the past it has been shown that the brewers put battery acid, formaldehyde, batteries, I have even heard of jet fuel ( i dont know for sure if this is true...hearsay). These kinds of drinks are normally 100% proof.
    I am very saddened indeed. I'm sure that once one takes this kind of drink they are thoroughly addicted and very dependant. POVERTY is the route problem here. If the government legalizes chang'aa and controls it's contenst and pricing maybe this kinds of disasters can be averted. As usual with binadamu they have short memories and do not learn. The realiization only dawns on them when their eyesight is gone and they are fighting for their dear lives. It is not a laughing matter.
     
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