Bottled ‘tujilijili’ to be priced beyond reach of children’s pockets
Government says it will soon meet the distillers of the local brandy, known as ‘tujilijili’ to persuade them to stop brewing the liquor in sachets.
Youth Sports and Child Development Minster, Kenneth Chipungu has observed that the packaging of the brandy in sachets has resulted in the drink by the youths.
Mr. Chipungu told Journalists in Lusaka that government will meet the distillers and ask them to start packaging the brandy in larger bottles to make them out of reach of children.
He said that the youths are now drinking the tujilijili even in classes, saying this has led to the excessive abuse of alcohol in the country.
He said government is concerned with the way youths have been abusing alcohol in the country, adding that the situation needs urgent attention.
Mr. Chipungu said what was more worrying was that the youths who are abusing alcohol were mainly under the age of 18 years.
He said if the situation is left unchecked, it might result into the country having illiterate people who have no vision for the future.
Mr. Chipungu has since advised youths to look after themselves properly and stop abusing alcohol but instead concentrate on completing their education and prepare their future.
Over 150 under age youths have in the last two weeks been arrested in Lusaka, Ndola, and Nchelenge for abusing alcohol and patronizing bars.