Illicit brew traders fined by court

As the County Government of Kiambu intensifies the fight against illicit brews and substance abuse, a seller who admitted to possessing 23 liters of chang’aa was on Monday fined Sh.40,000 by a Kiambu court.

In default, Kiambu Senior Resident Magistrate Brian Khaemba said the accused will serve 6 months imprisonment.

Stephen Mburu Muhia appeared before court charged that on 15th June 2018 at Ruturu location within Kiambu county, he was found selling the liquor without a license contrary to section 15(i) as read with section 15(2) of the Kiambu Alcoholic control Act NO.2 of 2018.

The same court also fined Stephen Mbugua Sh.15, 000 or in default serve 3 months for possession of 5 litres of Chang’aa at Ruturu location.

He attempted to convince the magistrate that the liquor was for his own consumption owing to the heavy work which he did for a living.

He also told the court that he was an orphan who had nobody to fend for him.

Dominic Ondari Obara was also fined Sh.15, 000, in default serve 3 months imprisonment for possessing of the illicit brew.

He had been charged that on 16th June2018 at Ruturu location, he was found trafficking in 5 litres of chang’aa without a license contrary to the law.

The same court issued a warrant of arrest against Linda Kinguru for failing to present herself in court for selling liquor after the stipulated hours.

Her Sh.5, 000 cash bail which she had deposited at the police station to secure her release was consequently forfeited to the government.

The same court remanded in custody one Stanley Njoroge, who pleaded guilty to having been found in possession of 400 grams of bhang at Gatanga village.

His case will be mentioned on 8th July when the prosecution indicated they will be ready with a report from the government chemist to confirm the drug was bhang. She further told the court that facts of the case will also be ready on the same day.

Source: Kenya News Agency