Police officers in Kabete area caught a hearse that was transporting chang’aa from Western Kenya to Nairobi.
The hearse was said to have been tracked by police for over 200 kilometers.
This was after police in Western raised an alarm that the hearse was ferrying liquor after the funeral.
The chang’aa was disguised as a corpse having being packaged in polythene bags and wrapped in clothes. It was sandwiched between dried maize so as to prevent any smell. And carefully placed in the compartment meant for the casket while transporting the body for burial.
Officers searched the vehicle and found 135 liters of chang’aa.
“It was hidden in backpacks. This is an eye-opener that some of these vehicles which one might think deserve to be given right of way can sometimes be used to ferry contraband. We have seen it even with ambulances,” Dagoretti Police Commander Frank Wahome said.
The driver and his assistant were arrested and taken to a nearby police station for further interrogation.
This has happened at a time when an operation against the killer illicit brews is ongoing across the country. Dagoretti Police Commander noted that police will intensify searches on ambulances, hearses, parastatal and government vehicles as part of their crackdown on contraband goods.