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  • It was designed as an industrialized, "hygenic" version of the local traditional brew chang'aa, which can have such a high alcohol content it can cause death, or blindness from additives.

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  • Production, sale and consumption of chang'aa could soon be legal if the - Articles related to Some states easing laws on liquor tastings

  • Presidential assent will see the government legalise the production, sale, and consumption of chang'aa and other traditional brews.

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  • It is therefore important to correct the misconception that removing the prohibition on chang'aa now allows all manner of dangerous drinks, such as those that regularly kill people in our towns and villages, to flood the market.

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  • Legalisation of chang'aa and other traditional or previously illicit beers and spirits forms only a small component of the new law.

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  • Although the chang'aa brew, otherwise known as 'kill-me-quick', has been banned in the country, it remains popular owing to its powerful inebriating effects and low price.

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  • The Provincial Administration also used the presence of the police to conduct raids on chang'aa and busaa dens.

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  • "The equivalent of $1 is enough to buy four glasses of illegally brewed chang'aa—and oblivion. Some drink the local special, jet-five, so called because the fermentation of maize and sorghum is sped up with pilfered jet fuel. It can damage the brain. Elsewhere in Nairobi, chang'aa is spiked with embalming fluid from mortuaries.

    The name, meaning literally “kill me quick”, is well chosen. This and other methanol-based kickers are sometimes fatal: 10ml of methanol can burn the optic nerve; 30ml can kill. Even without the kicker the brew is impure. The water is filthy with fecal matter. When police recently made some raids, decomposing rats and women's underwear were found in servings of chang'aa. But the price and the potency are more tempting than the heavily taxed bottles of beer that are the staple of richer Kenyans."

    - The Economist, 29 April 2010,

    January 3, 2016