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One dead, 2 in critical condition after consumption of illicit brew.

One person has died and two others are in critical condition at the Keumbu Hospital in Kisii County after consuming illicit liquor chang’aa.

According to a police report, the three men in their mid-thirties were found dumped at the Nyabisabo Market at around 11.30am on Wednesday July 29.

One of them was identified as Thomas Onkoba appeared drunk was unconscious and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

His compatriot was Nyabioge Jomo who appeared drunk and was also unconscious and the third was identified as Brian Juma who was conscious but complained of severe stomach pains.

Preliminary investigations indicate that the three partook of illicit brew on the night of Tuesday July 28 at Riobara.

It is however not clear whether the victims got too drunk or were poisoned.

The developments have been reported just days after the government banned the sale of alcohol at restaurants and eateries to avert the spread ofCovid-19.

During an address to the nation on Monday July 28, President Kenyatta blamed the surging cases on “reckless” behavior, saying there was notably, an “aggressive surge” among young people who were socializing, “particularly in environments serving alcohol”, and were, in turn, infecting their elders.