Two women have been fined Sh80, 000 each or serve one year imprisonment by a Narok Court for brewing chang’aa.
Edna Kwamboka and Jane Moraa were slapped with the sentence after they both pleaded guilty to two separate charges of manufacturing alcoholic drink that did not conform to the law and being in possession of those alcoholic drinks.
The court was told the two were also found in possession of 60 litres of the illegal brew in a plastic jerrican that did not have statements as to their contents and health warning.
They committed the offenses on June 21st this year at Majengo area in Narok town and were arrested during an operation by security to flush out illicit brew in the area.
Appearing before Senior Resident Magistrate (SRM), Hosea Ng’ang’a, the two prayed for forgiveness promising to stop the act. The first accused, Edna Kwamboka told the court that she was an orphan.
Moraa on her part told the court she was doing it to feed her children. In reply, the court said it noted the mitigation, but the offence had become so prevalent in the area, hence becoming a grave health and social hazard.
Earlier in the day, the same court had fined another woman charged with the same offences Sh50, 000 or a jail term of six months.
Ann Wambui was found in possession of 20 litres of chang’aa in a plastic jerrican on June 22 in Narok Town.
Two 17 year old minors who had also been charged with the same offences were discharged as there was no evidence to link them to either the manufacturing or being in possession of illegal alcohol.
The two, Emmanuel Nyambane and Duncan Momanyi who are brothers had been arrested alongside Wambui.
They told the court that they were both students at Brugei Academy in London estate, Narok and that their father works at a quarry in Mandera to raise their fees.
The duo further told the court that they were only found in the wrong place at the wrong time. The magistrate discharged the two to go on with their studies and ordered that the seized alcohol be destroyed.
Illicit brews in the country have destroyed lives of many young people, forcing President Uhuru Kenyatta to declare war on the brews last year.
After his decree, the administration and security personnel and politicians destroyed hundreds of thousands of illicit brews around the country. However, some people continued with the illegal brewing.
Source: Kenya News Agency