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Women seek to save husbands from illicit brew

22 October 2013, 16:32

Nambale - Women from Musokoto village in Nambale Sub County have petitioned their area MP, John Bunyasi, requesting the government to put up measures to address the rampant abuse of illicit brew in the region.

The women, who marched to the MP’s residence, claimed their husbands were neglecting their families at the expense of the illicit brew.

Among other measures they requested was the setting up of a police station to rein in on illegal beer brewers.

“Our husbands spend most of the time particularly the evenings in chang’aa and busaa (illicit brews) dens drinking. As a result they fail to effectively execute their roles as husbands and fathers,”  the Chairperson of the local Building Committee, Pamela Makokha, said while leading the demonstrators.

Makokha expressed optimism that establishing a police post in the area would solve the situation since their husbands will stay indoors for fear of encountering police officers conducting night patrols.

The area MP assured the women that money had been set aside for the construction of the police post.

Bunyasi urged the residents to take a stand in monitoring development projects.

The menace of illicit liquor is one of the main tasks that the newly appointed chairperson of the National Authority for Campaign against Drug and Alcohol abuse (NACADA) John Mututho is expected to firmly deal with.

Chang’aa and busaa, which can be deadly and blinding, are sold cheaply in slums around the country.

Some illegal brewers lace it with hazardous chemicals to speed fermentation and make such beers more portent.

– CAJ News


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