The Young Achievers for Development (YAD) on has asked Malawi President Peter Mutharika to use his constitutional powers to ban packaging of spirit liquor in sachets in the country.
This calls follows a petition the organisation presented to Parliament last September asking Parliament, mainly government to completely ban the production and selling of liquor sachets.
According to YAD President Jerfferson Milanzie, there is increased consumption of both “recorded and unrecorded spirit alcohol” packaged in sachets by the young population.
“In any country where there is heavy alcohol use, whether on occasion or over extended periods, alcohol related problems can be expected.
“A number of conditions have been identified that by definition are caused by alcohol use, such as alcohol psychosis, alcohol dependence syndrome, alcohol abuse, alcohol polyneuropathy, alcohol cardiomyopathy and alcoholic gastritis,” reads the petition in part.
Milanzie further told Nyasa Times that alcohol is estimated to cause about 20 to 30 percent of oesophageal cancer, liver cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, homicide, epileptic seizures and road traffic accidents worldwide.
He also claimed that alcohol packaged in sachets is made from cheaper unapproved ingredients.
Milanzie then said they will fight tooth and nail to vacate the court injunction spirit liquor manufacturers obtained against the Malawi Bureau of Standards not ban packaging of spirit liquor in sachets.
“We, together with partners and other local NGOs, will not stop nor relax till the battle is won.
“We have lost many youths, others can’t perform as human being. As a country we can’t afford to continue burying alive the youthful generation.
“We will soon launch ‘Red Card to sachet alcohol campaign’,” said Milanzie.
He also hoped that Parliamentarians will this time around take into consideration their calls to ban packaging of spirit liquor in the country.
“We ask the President not only to make a statement but also ban production and packaging of liquor in sachets,” said Milanzie.
Milanzie said their research shows sachets are posing a threat to the youth.