Kumi Kumi

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Kumi Kumi (from Swahili 'kumi' for 'ten') is an illegal liquor brewed in Kenya from sorghum, maize or millet. The cheap, widely brewed drink grows in popularity among the lower classes and disadvantaged of the region, as the economy and the value of the shilling has declined. Kumi Kumi is known for its exceptional alcohol content.

Kumi Kumi is so named for its cheap price, Sh10 for a mug, which in 2006 comes to roughly US$0.15. Legal beers usually cost around Sh65.[1]

Health concerns[edit]

The brew is often doctored in unsafe and poisonous ways, and its regular abuse frequently has resulted in alcohol poisoning related hospitalizations, blindness, and death.[2]


  1. ^ "People's Daily Online:Over 20 people die after consuming illegal brew in Kenya". June 26, 2005. Retrieved 2006-09-10.
  2. ^ Nicholas Ngolyo (Nov 23, 2000). "Daily Nation On the Web:Six in court on brew death charges". Archived from the original on March 21, 2005. Retrieved 2006-09-10.