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Drug Fight Malawi hails govt on sachet factories closure

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A day after government sealed shut four factories in Lilongwe for allegedly continuing production, marketing and distribution of liquor in sachets and plastic bottles, the Anti-Drug abuse NGO Drug Fight Malawi has hailed the move saying government seems to care about youths.

Drug Fight Malawi’s Executive Director, Nelson Zakeyu was responding to the news through a Friday email response.

“This is an indication that the government is willing to protect the youths of the country because, primary school learners will not be able to access the cheaper alcohol easily however, this is only against packaging of liquor in a sachet which means, the same liquor with high alcohol percentage will still be available on the market.

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“What we have noticed these days is the putting this poisonous high alcohol percentage liquor into 2 to 5 litre containers that see young people still accessing it,” said Zakeyu.

Zakeyu says exhorted government to do more to address drug related issues by passing the National Alcohol Policy and start implementing it saying only such a move will show to the world of the government seriousness in reducing alcohol related problems.

“The National Alcohol Policy has all it was supposed to have in order to effectively protect the youths from use of alcohol,” he stressed.

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The sealing of the factories follows a battle the ministry had with the brewers that ended in the ministry’s favour when on 4th January Justice Ken Manda ruling effectively upheld the regulations promulgated by Government in April 2015.

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