Two people died in separate incidents in Bindura and Glendale after taking too much of an illicit beer called kachasu at the weekend.
Mashonaland Central police spokesperson Inspector Milton Mundembe confirmed the incidents.
“I can confirm two cases of sudden death, one in Bindura and the other in Glendale. Investigations proved that they died of too much alcohol and the most unfortunate part is they consumed too much of illicit beer kachasu on empty stomachs,” Mundembe said.
Jackson Gondorori (32) of Musana in Bindura died at Joking Eight Mine in Shamva where he was illegally panning for gold.
It is alleged the artisanal miner went for days without eating food, but taking kachasu. On Saturday night Gondorori asked for mealie-meal from a colleague Daniel Nyandoro (30) who instead gave him a cup of water.
Gondorori was found dead by another colleague Moses Marengo (38) who had brought him some food.
Sydney Nyahomwe (28) of Bamhinia farm, Glendale was found dead on a footpath three days after he left home for a beer binge in the next village.
It is further alleged that Nyahomwe was reported missing at Glendale Police Station by his wife Joyce Nyakunde (27) after he had not returned home.
Nyakunde told NewsDay that her late husband left home Thursday night only to be found dead on Sunday.
“My husband went missing for three days after he left home for a kachasu drink at the next farm. We reported him missing at the police station and a passer-by Charles Chari found him dead along a footpath. He had a bottle of kachasu in his pocket. We suspect he was not eating while drinking ,” Nyahomwe said.
Police warned people to shun illicit brews because they could lead to death if consumed in excess.