Killer Chemists in Kenya
Killer Chemists are a risk of generation if the government closes its able eye. Perhaps if you’re well read, you already have an idea of the Article written by Samuel Soloveichik. Similarly, the article examines the lives of Carl Wilhelm Scheele, Sir Humphry Davy, William Woolwich Cruickshank, and James Woodhouse. In the light of hypothesizing that each may have been victims of the toxic effects of their trade and practices.
In the same way, innocent Kenyans dug their graves daily by mending their ways alongside toxic food and drinks. The purpose of this article is to emphasize the serious need for quantitative occupational-medical studies. Particularly of the amounts of working material ingested by synthetic chemists in a variety of laboratory situations. From the local “Mama Pima” hoods, lucrative bartenders and illicit brewers business parties.
Killer Chemists Research Basis
The jmexclusives Health, Wellness, and Fitness research experts argue that Killer Chemists is a matter of urgency. However, the unwavering efforts by the Kenyan Government to fight and curb the vice are seamlessly succeeding. Not to mention the number of Kenyan citizens who incurs a loss of their loved ones on these killer chemists.
Up to date, a majority of illicit substance consumers who narrowly escaped death remains blind. Although this may be true, there is a common phrase citing that; ” Pombe sio Supu.” According to the jmexclusives Research Team, most cases go unreported considering the interior environments. Below is a reference to the blogs and articles covering the most recent Killer Chemist cases.
- Tuko News: 4 Die, two go blind after drinking the illicit brew in Nairobi.
- Independent: Banned “Kill me Quick” homebrew kills and blinds hundreds in Kenya.
- Business Daily: Kenya’s stringent drug abuse laws under the spotlight.
- BBC News: Kenya’s illegal alcohol industry.
Killer Chemists Literally facts and Lightweight ideologies
Most people are taking it for granted. You’ll find them ranting on their usual joints that; “you die when your time comes.” The government is tirelessly trying to make the general public of the consequences killer chemists has to them. Not only do they rob off lives, but they also leave behind traces of orphans, widows, and widowers. The Kenyan jails accord quite a number of participants serving their terms for manufacturing, consuming or distributing.
In particular, those living in slums excuse themselves by the fact that it is the only affordable source. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC) recommends a soft approach. In the light of handling drug abuse among children and youth in terms of “Warmth and Care” offering lasting solutions.
The Catalysts of the Killer Chemists in Kenya
Traditionally, people in Kenya have made a variety of fermented alcoholic beverages. Most of these drinks are between 3% and 7% alcohol by volume – the equivalent of a weak beer to a rather weak wine. Sorghum, honey, sugar-cane, the sap of palm trees and many other substances have been used in fermentation. In recent times, tea leaves, pineapples, and processed sugar have joined the long list of popular ingredients.
Boiling a fermented drink, catching the steam and condensing it to make a drink (spirit) that is much stronger – was not a traditional technique. It became widespread in Kenya during the 20th century, although it has always been illegal.
People still do make and sell drinks like grain beer and palm wine, but it is a risky business; distilled drinks offer higher profits for the risks involved, and are easier to smuggle. So people who cannot afford expensive, highly taxed bottled beer turn instead to illicitly distilled liquor.
Traditional drink ban
Distillation has spread partly because spirits are seen to be modern and potent. But also because the Kenyan Government effectively banned the trade in traditional fermented drinks in 1979. This has become a huge business; the trade in these informal-sector drinks. A fermented and distilled drink is probably five times as large as the legal trade in bottled beer, wines, and spirits.
It is of enormous economic importance to many, from those (many of them women) who produce these drinks on a small scale to the bigger operators who arrange transport and marketing. It is a trade which breeds corruption, as administrators and police turn a blind eye in return for a share of the profits. And the trade has also bred its own, lethal, hazards.
Fermented drinks including grain beer, palm wine, and so on offer quite limited health risks. Nor is home distillation necessarily dangerous, although illicit distillates vary alarmingly in strength and can contain impurities which pose cumulative, long-term, risks to health. Most alcohol consumed in Kenya is made in illicitly; clearly, not all of this drink is dangerous, or the population would long ago have been decimated.
Industrial spirit menace
But there is one real, deadly, menace: the diversion into the drinks market of alcohol intended for industrial use. This spirit is very strong, and it often also contains forms of alcohol which rapidly cause poisoning. It is also cheap as it is virtually untaxed and is in ready supply from the sugar industry in western Kenya.
In the 1980s, its production was encouraged, as it was blended with petrol to provide vehicle fuel. Tankers bring it to Nairobi from the west; on the way, some of them stop, and some of the contents are siphoned off.
This industrial alcohol enters the illicit drink market in a variety of ways. It may just be diluted and flavored a little with sugar and caramel; it may be added to fermented drinks to make them stronger; the most sophisticated traders may even attempt to re-distill it. But it is always dangerous.
It is these drinks, which Kenyans sometimes call ‘power’ drinks’, in ironic reference to the role of industrial alcohol as a motor fuel – which has been responsible for the tragic poisonings and multiple deaths of recent years. So large is the trade, and so extensive the corruption involved, that the law is powerless. Indeed, the law has encouraged these deaths, through high taxes on bottled beer and through the banning of less dangerous forms of informal sector alcohol.
In neighboring Uganda, the authorities permit the trade in fermented liquor and turn a resolutely blind eye to widespread (and theoretically illegal) small-scale distillation. This policy brings its own problems, but at least Uganda has in recent years escaped the appalling incidents of mass poisoning which have ruined the lives of many Kenyan families.
Curbing the Killer Chemists in Kenya
Alcohol abuse is primarily an illness despite the fact that many of us may not view it as such. The alcohol epidemic in Kenya specifically the use and abuse of illicit brews is a menace that had destroyed our country’s economic and social stability even if we do not want to admit it.
WHO also said that there is an increased likelihood of suffering from mental disorders as well as a drastic reduction in life expectancy. The study revealed that the death rate among alcoholics is 2.5 times higher than normal. When the government launched a crackdown on illegal alcohol in July 2015, Kenyans were so thankful. At least something would be done to address the menace that has wreaked untold havoc on many families and lives.
NACADA Formation and Supporting Role
The National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) is a State Corporation. In particular, under the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government. Broadly, NACADA was established to coordinate a multi-sectoral effort aimed at preventing, controlling and mitigating alcohol and drug abuse in Kenya.
Established by the NACADA Act of 2012 (CAP 121B) of the Laws of Kenya. It Comprises individuals with key competencies, experts from stakeholder institutions and representatives of strategic line ministries. The composition of the NACADA Board is provided under the NACADA Act (2012). Learn More!
Research Case Study through the NACADA Body
Research done by the NACADA in 2017 in several neighborhoods in Kenya showed that most men spend their time in bars imbibing cheap alcohol. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), it has longterm effects. Including, the gastrointestinal system, central nervous system, cardiovascular system, the reproductive system, and the skin.
NACADA major Role on Killer Chemists
Demand Reduction to the Killer Chemists.
The aim of demand reduction is to empower the general public. With sufficient information to facilitate informed decisions against the debut and/or continuation of consumption. Especially that of intoxicating substances. It involves providing preventive education, public awareness and advocacy, life skills, treatment and rehabilitation, and psycho-social support to the target populations.
Key players in demand reduction include;
- Ministry of Health
- Ministry of Education
- public sector institutions
- learning institutions
- youth groups
- civil society organizations
- faith-based institutions
- treatment and rehabilitation service providers.
Supply Suppression on the Killer Chemists
The aim of supply suppression measures is to control, limit or otherwise curtail access to intoxicating substances. By the general public especially the vulnerable populations. It involves formulation, enactment, and enforcement of policy, legislation and other measures to control the production, trafficking, and sale of alcohol and intoxicating drugs.
Key players in supply suppression include;
- County Governments
- National Police Service
- Anti-Narcotics Unit
- Ministry of Health (Pharmacy & Poisons Board and Government Chemist Dept)
- Customs and Immigration Services
- Kenya Bureau of Standards
- County Alcoholic Drinks Control Boards
- the Judiciary and criminal justice system
- Prisons and Probation Services.
The British colony disallowed Africans, particularly Kenyan’s from drinking “bottled” beer. Because it was the preserve of their white masters. The colonial authorities put restrictions on the production of traditional beers. Such as ‘muratina’ and ‘busaa’, allowed for ceremonial purposes only. Leaving indigenous Kenyan with nothing alcoholic to drink.
This resulted in people brewing and taking the drinks clandestinely, as happened in America during the Prohibition between 1919 and 1933. Brewing cheap and lethal alcohol to meet the frustrations of the growing population grew into a lucrative, hazardous and deadly culture.
Even though illicit brewing is still happening, it is appropriate to be vigilant. Understand that it is not only the government’s course but a unifying factor at individual levels. Let’s fight this vice. If you have additions, contributions, and suggestions, please Contact Us or leave your comment below.
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