Grief has enveloped Lukhuna ‘A’ Village in Lugari Ward, Lugari Sub-County, after a man was found lying lifeless near a farm after he drunk the illicit brew, chang’aa, in excess.
A senior police officer, Fredrick Okwiri, confirmed that the 68-year-old man, identified as Zachariah Nyongesa, passed on after he imbibed too much of the noxious brew.
“This man has been lying here; he has no physical injuries on his body, and looking at him, I can conclude that he died after drinking too much chang’aa,” he said.
The police officer urged the people to shun the deadly brews, which not only imperiled their health but also wrought societal problems like crime and poverty.
It is a plea that falls on deaf ears too often, as the lure of the illicit brew proves too strong for some to resist.
Jane Nakhumicha, the village elder, said it hurts seeing her both young and old fall victim to the illicit brews despite the awareness campaigns aimed at curbing the trade.
The residents who spoke to the Western Kenya Times revealed that the deceased was a solitary man. He was not married, had no children, and lived alone, a sad existence that came to an abrupt end.
His body has been taken to the Kimbilio Mortuary in Uasin Gishu County as police from Lumakanda carry out investigations.
- Edited by Sam Oduor
Tom Lutali is a seasoned scribe based in Lugari Sub-County in Kakamega County who writes human interest stories and sports for WKT.