A 33-year-old Man of Chief Mukonchi’s area in Kapiri Mposhi district has died after consuming an illicit brew commonly known as Kachasu.
And Chief Mukonchi has called on government to stiffen the law against those found manufacturing, consuming and trading in illicit beer in the country.
Chief Mukonchi of the Swaka speaking people in Kapiri Mposhi district confirmed the death of the man to ZANIS and identified him as Chibuye Katondo of East Bank Farming Block.
Chief Mukonchi said the man died May 21st around 18:00 hours after allegedly spending the whole day drinking the local brew at a named house where the beer is brewed and sold in the area.
The traditional leader said the deceased instantly collapsed and died when he attempted to get up and go home after drinking Kachasu.
“He was spotted drinking Kachasu from around 09:00 hours to around 18:00 hours and collapsed and died evidently from the effects of the beer,” Chief Mukonchi said.
The traditional leader has since called on government through, the council and Police to rid the area of people brewing Kachasu.
Chief Mukonchi noted that brewing of Kachasu and other illicit alcohol had become rampant in his chiefdom.
He stated that the trend was negating development as some people especially youths were spend most of their time drinking beer instead of engaging themselves in productive activities to better their wellbeing.
The traditional leader advised the law enforcement agencies to move into his area and implement the law against brewers, traders and consumers of Kachasu and other illicit beers.
The chief blamed the increased recklessness which is resulting in deaths, violence and contraction of HIV in his area especially amongst youths on the heightened drinking of the alcohol.