A Civic Leader in Kapiri Mposhi district has observed that excessive alcohol consumption is hindering development in his ward.
Kakwelesa Ward Councilor Ben Chiboni has since called on government to expedite the enactment of the National Alcohol Policy to regulate beer consumption which he said has become alarming in the area.
Mr. Chiboni said people in his ward were involved in excessive beer consumption daily at the expense of development adding that, the trend has also led to increased levels of assaults and Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the area.
In a statement to ZANIS Mr. Chiboni disclosed that the scourge has been compounded by bar owners who are not observing time to operate as they are opening their outlets as early as 06:00 hours and closing as late as 04:00hours the next day.
“Some people are sleeping in these taverns drinking beer because taverns are not closing at all so most people do not have time to do productive work such as farming,” Mr. Chiboni said.
Mr. Chiboni noted that because of the profitability of bars in his area, some grocery shops are now also partially trading as bars and operating outside the prescribed time.
“When you come to Kakwelesa market you will find that almost all the groceries are trading in alcohol and playing loud music just like taverns,” Mr. Chiboni said.
Mr. Chiboni noted that the enactment of the National Alcohol Policy to regulate beer consumption will help root-out excessive beer drinking in his ward and the country at large.
Meanwhile, Mr. Chiboni has called on the authorities to move in his ward and enforce the existing legal framework such as the Liquor licensing Act regarding regulation of alcohol consumption and trade.
Zambia is in the process of enacting the National Alcohol Policy (NAP) to regulate the increase alcohol consumption in the country.