These countries are the top producers of deadly illicit alcohol in Africa

Nduta Waweru June 12, 2018


Photo: Maputo daily


In Mozambique, illicit alcohol makes up 66% of alcohol produced in the country.  Over the years, there have been reports of people dying from drinking illicit alcohol, most of which are produced at home. In January 2015, 79 people died and more than 200 suffered poisoning after drinking Phombe, made from sorghum, bran corn and sugar.

Some of the local brews are quite popular even in the neighbouring country of Zimbabwe.

Of the 66%, 31% is contraband, which the country has been cracking down to the point of shutting down an illicit drinks company in 2016.


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