Milenge District Commissioner Kunda Chibilo has called on security wings in the district to be vigilant and ensure they enforce the law on the brewing and selling of illicit beer locally known as ‘Kachasu’.
Mr. Chibilo says it is disheartening that in the past one year, Kachasu has claimed over nine lives in the district, the situation he said should be corrected through enforcement laws that govern the sale and brewing of such beer.
ZANIS reports that the District Commissioner said this yesterday during a Council stake holders meeting held in the Council Chamber.
Mr. Chibilo said the Traditional Beer Act chapter 168 of the laws of Zambia forbids citizens from selling Kachasu and anyone found wanting should be fined or jailed.
He has since called on village headpersons to select proactive members in their communities to work with law enforcers in confiscating and arresting those selling Kachasu.
The District Commissioner observed that the consumption of Kachasu has endangered the lives of residents and lowered productivity in the district.
Earlier, Chalyafya Village Headman Goliath Chibuye noted that a fine of K100 for selling Kachasu is not punishment enough as perpetrators pay and continue selling.
Mr. Chibuye said there is need to stiffen the law and ensure those found wanting are dealt with accordingly.
And Go Pentecostal Miracles Church Pastor Justin Musangu said there is need to sensitise the community on productive income generating ventures they can engage in other than selling toxins.
Pastor Musangu said it is worrying that only a few women attend church activities while most men in the district spend their time drinking beer.