Kabwe District Commissioner Jennipher Chileshe has expressed grave concern at the rampant brewing of illicit beer in the area and called for stringent measures to end the trend.
Ms Chileshe observed today that the brewing of Kachasu and other illicit beer in compounds in the area was on the increase and singled out Makwati compound as one of the worst hit areas.
Ms Chileshe was speaking during a tour of shanty compounds to assess the number of houses that had collapsed as a result of continuous heavy rains in the district.
She said it was unfortunate that a great number of unemployed youths and adults were involved in heavy drinking.
Ms Chileshe called on Kabwe Municipal Council to work out immediate measures including patrols by council police officers to curb the illicit trade and end excessive beer drinking especially among youths.
Meanwhile, over 30 houses have collapsed in Kabwe over the past few days and the number was likely to swell as the heavy rains continued.
Ms Chileshe, who led members of the district disaster management committee on an on the spot check of destroyed homes in Katondo, Makwati, Nakoli and Makululu compounds, said her office would release comprehensive figures after the committee compiled all data including figures from the various ward councillors.
She attributed the increasing number of fallen houses to poor structures and lack of drainages.
Ms Chileshe said there was urgent need to improve storm water drainages in the district to avoid further loss of property.
The District Commissioner was accompanied by Kabwe deputy Mayor Teddy Sinkala and affected ward councillors.