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Untold story of drinking Menace that has rocked Taita Taveta county

For the longest time Central Province men have been synonymous with alcoholism. The spotlight has been scoping on them and each and every time there has been news about men abandoning their families after turning to alcohol. Women have complained of their husband’s sinking in the den of local brew. Many of them have been forced to bring up their kids as single parents.

    Most men have lost their lives, women left as widows, children growing up not knowing their fathers.

    What most people don’t know is the same problem has crippled Taita Taveta County. As much as the scope has been on Nyeri, Murang’a and Kirinyaga counties, in Taita men are dying slow deaths.

    Go to every village around the county and you will find ” a chang’aa” and ” mbangara” base. Men are destroying their lives with alcohol yet the people are in denial.

A group of Kenyans drink busaa, a traditional fermented beer, from a common pot using long straws – Photo: Benedicte Desrus

     Since the scope has been on Central Province , the people of this county have turned a blind eye to this menace.

Most married men in this county have become dead beat dads since most of them are married to alcohol. Truth of the matter is this problem has wrecked this county and needs urgent attention.

     In Ndome-Mbololo, Mwasi a middle aged man who is also a father to two kids, says his life is  a testimony that there is much to be done. He was once an Administration Police (AP) but lost his job to alcohol. He is one of the many young men who have lost their jobs due to drinking. He regrets his past life and insists if there was enough awareness he wouldn’t have wasted his life away.

He calls upon the County Government and the National Government at large to focus on fighting illicit brew in other counties like here. Even in Taita young men are dying each day because of alcoholism yet the residents are blind on fighting this menace.

   Let’s wake from this slumber and focus on the battle to recover our young men rather than putting a perfect picture region yet we have skeletons in the closet.

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