Malawi VP Kachali asks law enforcers to enforce ban of sachet liquor

Vice-President Khumbo Kachali has asked stakeholders involved in certifying products in the country and law enforcers to speed up the process of completely banning liquor packed in sachets as earlier directed by President Mrs. Joyce Banda.

The call was made in reaction to concerns raised by Church of Central African Presbytery (CCAP) Livingstonia Synod and traditional leaders at Katawa CCAP where the church was commemorating its silver jubilee.

Mzuzu CCAP Presbytery Clerk, Rev. Zenus Sibande said the consumption of liquor packed in sachets is causing a lot of problems in various homes. He added that there has been an increase of deaths related to the consumption of the cheap liquor especially among the youth.

“This issue is really affecting the church and community at large as many people are dying because of drinking sachet liquor which is easily accessed because of their cheap price,” Reverend Sibande lamented.

Vice President Khumbo Kachali reading the Gospel to Katawa CCAP Congregation.-Photo credit: McCarthy Mwalwimba -MANA

Speaking earlier on the same issue, Inkosi Mtwalo who spoke on behalf of Inkosi ya Makosi M’mbelwa IV said government should do something to make sure the issue of sachet liquor is completely dealt with.

The traditional leader asked government to immediately ban the sale of such alcohol in the country’s shops and other outlets.

“Due to the fact that many of our youths are just staying idle in homes, many have resorted to drinking these sachet spirits thereby posing a very serious threat in our communities and their health,” said Inkosi Mtwalo attracting applause from the congregation.

In his reaction to the concern, Vice-President Kachali said President Banda already ordered a complete ban of all liquor packed in sachets.

“The Head of State already directed the immediate ban of alcohol packed in sachets. The problem is with enforcement. It is my plea to law enforcers to implement the President’s directive,” he said.

Kachali who read  the Gospel from the book of Mark, Chapter 1 verses 1 to 8, during the silver jubilee service of worship, thanked the church for involving the youth in spiritual work. He said that was good both for the future of the church and the nation at large.

Katawa CCAP was established on 16 October 1987 and started with 206 members. Over the years, it has seen the offshoot of two sub-branches, namely, Chiputula and Zolozolo.

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