Chang'aa brewery

Police and administration officials at an illicit brewery along River Chania in Nyeri town on April 1, 2020.

| Joseph Kanyi | Nation Media Group

Inside the multi-million chang’aa underworld of Murang’a

What you need to know:

  • Illegal distilleries and the attendant criminal networks in Murang’a constitute a national security issue.
  • Other ills attributed to the industry include diseases and unexplained deaths, which saddle families with huge hospital and interment bills.

Their criminal network is so organised they could as well be running a government of their own. Operating along river banks in Murang’a County, the shadowy distillers of chang’aa, an illicit brew commonly consumed in low-end urban settlements and villages, are so discreet and their networks so elaborate it is singularly hard to stop them. 


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