Nine more die in Limuru after taking illicit brew

Tuesday May 6 2014

County administrators pour illicit brew impounded at Nairobi's Mukuru-Riverside slum in Industrial Area, March 25, 2014. Nine people died after drinking illicit brew in Kawamwaki village, Limuru, in central Kenya, a day after similar deaths in Embu on Monday. Photo/SAMMY KIMATU

County administrators pour illicit brew impounded at Nairobi's Mukuru-Riverside slum in Industrial Area, March 25, 2014. Nine people died after drinking illicit brew in Kawamwaki village, Limuru, in central Kenya, a day after similar deaths in Embu on Monday. Photo/SAMMY KIMATU 

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Nine people have died after drinking illicit brew in Kawamwaki village, Limuru, in central Kenya,

Five more died Tuesday in similar circumstances in a village in Ikutha district in Kitui County while scores others were admitted to hospital, just a day after Embu residents succumbed to death after consuming the alcohol.

Limuru deputy county commissioner Kang’ethe Thuku and area Member of the County Assembly John Kaniaru confirmed the deaths from the consumption of the brew suspected to have been laced with methanol.

The Limuru victims are said to have been drinking the alcohol Monday evening in a forested area surrounded by tea farms.

According to Ikutha medical officer of health Lucia Jonah, seven other revellers are admitted in critical condition while 19 were treated at the nearby dispensary and discharged after their conditions stabilised.

Two died at the bar, one at his home while two more succumbed to stomach complications at Mutomo Mission Hospital where they had been referred.

In Embu, the death toll rose to 18 Tuesday, with more than 40 admitted to hospital in critical condition.