Nakonde residents work out a way round Tujilijili ban: Go into Tanzania, drink and come back to Zambia drunk
SOME Zambians resident in the border town of Nakonde have continued consuming the banned highly-intoxicating spirits known as “tujilijili” except this time around, they cross into neighbouring Tanzania to take their drink and then stagger back onto the Zambian side in drunken stupour.
The residents are capitalising on the fact that the Statutory Instrument signed by Local Government Minister, Nkandu Luo did not affect Tunduma, which is part of Tanzania.
Recently, Professor Luo signed a Statutory Instrument banning the production, distribution, sale and consumption of the spirits in Zambia.
A survey in Tunduma showed that the spirits were being sold to Zambians in huge quantities and many youths were trekking into Tunduma to consume the “killer drink” while others opted to spend nights on the Tanzanian side enjoying their drink.
Zambian youths, working as porters and vendors of low-valued goods such as slippers and screw drivers, are using the Zambian Kwacha and Tanzanian Shilling to trek into Tunduma to buy “tujilijili” from makeshift stalls.
The Zambian Government banned the highly-intoxicating spirits because they were packaged in small plastic sachets, which made them open for abuse by youths, including school-going children.
A youth, who served as a guide, said he was forced to work from Tunduma because he could not find employment in Zambia, where he left school in grade seven.
The youth was looking for 3,000 Shillings to buy food, but he ended up buying “tujilijili” being sold on the streets.
Speaking in Swahili, a woman who trades in mobile phone talk time and groceries said some of her customers for the spirits included Zambians, especially those resident in Nakonde and those who travelled to the port of Dar-es-Salaam.
Tunduma is a walking distance from Nakonde and it is only the border entry infrastructure that separates the two.
[Times of Zambia]