Some years back, Mathare was well known either for brewing of chang’aa or criminal activities. The brew has been known to be lethal and even caused blindness and led to death. Some of the reason associated with it lethal nature of the drink stem from the additives are usually introduced to either increase the volume or taste. In fact if you walk in Mathare, you will be surprised by the high number of people who depend on the brewing of chan’gaa both directly and in directly. Just picture this; firewood, sugar and white powder, transporters, the brewers and ‘bar’ operators.
Next week on Wednesday, I will take you through a former brewer’s experience and her opinion now that the chan’gaa has been legalized.