Busia Residents Vow to Cross Over to Uganda For Drinking Spree After Matiang’i Orders Bars Closed for Census

A section of alcohol-lovers from Busia now say they will cross borders to the neighboring Uganda to enjoy their favorite alcoholic drinks on Census Day.

The residents, say interior minister Dr Fred Matiang’i’s order to have all drinking joints shut by 5pm on August 24 and August 25 won’t affect them.

“We, alcohol-lovers from Busia, are not affected in any way by Matiang’i’s directive to shut Kenyan bars by 5pm on August 24 and 25. We are neighbouring Uganda, and, on those two days, we will cross the border and enjoy our drinks from Ugandan bars. We are not stressed. The only people who will bear the brunt of that order are the Kenyans living far away from the Kenya-Uganda border,” said one of the Busia residents.

“Matiang’i should know that we will cross the border. We’ll enter Uganda, enjoy our drinks and return to Kenya when we want,” said another.

“We’ll enter Uganda, do what we want and return to Kenya when we want, including 10pm or 11pm,” said yet another Busia resident.

“We have never bought alcohol from Kenyan bars, they are very expensive. In Uganda, a bottle of 500ml beer goes for Ksh100. On those dates which he [Matiang’i] has prohibited the sale of alcohol past 5pm, we’ll enter Uganda,” said another Busia resident.

“Those Census people won’t find us in the houses, we will be in Uganda. So, they will only count our women and children,” said another one. The Busia residents’ comments come just a few hours after Dr Matiang’i said the directive that bars and other drinking joints be shut by 5pm on 24th and 25th August does not mean he has stopped Kenyans from enjoying their alcoholic drinks.

Elsewhere…

Residents of Nyota Muchorwe Village in Molo Sub-County, Nakuru County were shocked, when police exhumed the body of a 26-year-old woman after her lover, 38, confessed to killing and burying her four weeks ago.

The suspect, Geoffrey Kipkurui, on Wednesday 6pm led police officers to Bargeret Forest in Molo, where he interred Daisy Chebet’s body after murdering her over allegations of infidelity.

As police exhumed Chebet’s body from the shallow grave dug 300 meters from Kipkurui’s house, scores of onlookers attempted to attack the suspect.

Police, however, rescued Kipkurui from the irate crowd.

The suspect, a charcoal seller, told police that Chebet, his girlfriend of two years, was a “perennial cheater, who spent most of the nights outside our house.”

Kipkurui said on the fateful night four weeks ago, he and Chebet had had an altercation, which resulted in him fatally assaulting the 26-year-old.

Molo Sub-County Police Commander, Isaac Odumbe, said the suspect, who was arrested on Tuesday, August 20, will be charged with murder once investigations are concluded.

Chebet’s elder brother, Erick Rotich, said they suspected something was wrong with his sister when she failed to visit her children (aged 11 and 12), who stay with their grandmother (Rotich and Chebet’s mum).

Kipkurui is being detained at Molo Police Station.

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