Take holistic approach on alcohol consumption, Chipimo advises Government
The National Restoration Party (NAREP) has advised the Patriotic Front government to take a holistic approach in addressing the problem of alcohol consumption in the country.
NAREP President Elias Chipimo said that while the move by government to ban the manufacturing and consumption of the famous spirits popularly known as Tujilijili is commendable, it should not be done in isolation of other projects for the young people.
Mr. Chipimo said that action needed to be taken because it impacted on social morality of young people but states that banning the product will not be the most effective way to address the problem.
In an interview with QFM, Mr. Chipimo said that government must ensure that as it embarks on such a move, it should come up with plans for the young people that will give them an opportunity to be in gainful employment.
On Sunday, in recognition of the ‘social upheaval’ caused by tujilijili, Government banned the manufacturing, importation, distribution, stocking, selling and consumption of the sachets.
Minister of Local Government and Housing Nkandu Luo signed a statutory instrument banning the flourishing trade in tujilijili. Since they were introduced on the market, the spirits, packed in minute sachets, have caused a public outcry due to the destruction they have caused to families and human life.
Professor Luo said at a press briefing that any licence issued in respect of manufacturing, importing, exporting, selling or supply of the intoxicating liquor, has been revoked from the date of publication of the regulations.
She said the move is meant to prohibit the packing of liquor in small quantities, which youths in particular have abused, because the sachets are easily accessible and affordable.
“The main objective of these regulations made under a statutory instrument which I have signed today, is to prohibit the packing of liquor popularly known as tujilijili and any other names that they may be known by,” she said.
She said anyone who contravenes the regulations will be liable upon conviction to a fine not exceeding 2,500 penalty units, two years imprisonment or both.
Prof Luo said continued offences will attract an additional fine not exceeding 25 penalty units in respect of each day on which the offence continues.
She said the court may also order the forfeiture to the state of the intoxicating liquor which was used in the commission of the offence.
“Anyone who contravenes these regulations commits an offence and is liable upon conviction to a fine not exceeding 2,500 penalty units or to imprisonment not exceeding two years, or to both and in the case of continued offence, to an additional fine not exceeding 25 penalty units in respect of each day on which the offence continues,” Prof Luo said.