Families left in sorrow as deadly ‘Jebel’ brew claims lives of four Murang'a villagers

Julius Karuga a son of the late Michael Kamau (inset right), who was among four people who died after taking Jebel Vodka, an illicit brew, at Katipanga in Murang'a, is joined by friends and relatives at their home who had come to console the family on November 26, 2014. PHOTO | JENNIFER MUIRURI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Among them were Gladys Wambui Njoroge, 35; Michael Kamau, 70; a teacher known as Mr Muchoki and a casual labourer Mr Mburu.
  • They died after consuming an illicit brew, a drink that goes by the name of Jebel Vodka, sold at Sh100 per bottle of about 150ml.
  • Wednesday, the bar that sold the drink and allegedly belonged to Mr Michael Kamau a retiree and one of the deceased, remained shut.
  • Neighbours say Wambui begun screaming on Sunday of stomach pains and was rushed to Thika Level Five Hospital where she died.

About seven people met a pub in Katipanga village, Murang’a County on Friday November 21 for an evening of drinks.

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