Editor's Review

  • Reacting to the news, some Kenyans questioned why Muratina is considered illicit in Kenya yet it is being sold in supermarkets abroad

Kenya’s traditional alcoholic drink Muratina has officially made its debut on supermarkets in the United Kingdom.

The traditional drink made its way to the UK thanks to Othaya-born businessman King’ori Wambaki who produces and bottles it in Cheshunt, London.

The drinks retails under the brand name ‘Muratelia’ and has been packaged in exquisite bottles that will easily capture your attention.

News of muratina’s debut on UK supermarkets was shared by Kenya’s High Commissioner to the UK Ambassador Manoah Esipisu.

“Now available on UK supermarket shelves is the central Kenya traditional alcoholic drink 'Muratina', bottled in the UK by Othaya-born businessman King'ori Wambaki, now of Cheshunt, north of London, who is targeting expansion of Kenyan products in market,” Esipisu tweeted.

Ambassador Esipisu’s announcement elicited mixed reactions with some Kenyans hailing the milestone while others questioned why the drink is considered illicit locally.

Others used the opportunity to appeal to Ambassador Esipisu to consider marketing other local drinks in the UK.