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MDC-T Senator Wants Steep Price For Alcohol

MDC-T Senator Wants Steep Price For Alcohol

MDC-T Senator for Harare, Morgan Femai, has urged the government to consider forcing African Distillers Limited (Afdis) to package its products in such a way that they become too expensive for young people.

Femai said cane spirits, whiskies, and brandies packed in quarter bottles by Afdis were too cheap and therefore affordable for young people who are now abusing the products.

Afdis manufactures such products as Gold blend, Star Cane, Skipper’s, Mainstay, Viceroy and Chateau among others.

Speaking in the Senate during a question-and-answer session, Femai said Afdis should package products in bigger bottles to make them more expensive. He said:

Now the drugs coming from out of the country are few, but we have a problem with drugs that are being manufactured here in our country.

Long back, we did not have liquor which was sold in quarter bottles and is now being made by African Distillers; it is being delivered to supermarkets and the cost is US$0.50.

Those are some of the drugs that are bought by our children. It is cheaper to them if they get US$1, they buy two and share.

Is there anything that can be done by the Ministry of Health that these small bottles should not be manufactured?

They must manufacture something at a higher price so that it can be beyond the reach of the youths.

In his response, the Deputy Minister of Health John Mangwiro said he was going to inform the police about it. Said Mangwiro:

Thank you, Madam President and Honourable Member, for explaining how we can curb this as a nation.

We will explain to the police and all the stakeholders if this is being brewed in this country.

These children are not only taking beer but they are being introduced to drugs like crystal meth.

When you hear them say “sticking”, it means when they take those drugs and they will just sit for three days without feeling hungry or doing anything.

We are also hearing that they are now going after diapers, even used ones.

… We used to hear that this was prevalent in low-density residential areas but now this has spread to high-density suburbs.

We agree with what you have said. And we will do everything within our means so that youths will stop using drugs.

They will end up stealing household gadgets from their parents because they want to use that money to purchase drugs. They can do anything when they are drunk.

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19 Comments

Baba chanana 6 months ago

Honourable Senator hatisi kuda zvemahumbwe nhaika!! We want solutions to the problem that is destroying the future of our kids kwete majokes aChinoz amuri kuda kutiitra murume mukuru


chibaba 6 months ago

Hamunyepi vanoenda kunotamba kuparliament

Beasty boy 6 months ago

Well said

Sir 6 months ago

Kkk haa ichi chine nharo ichi


Gogodera 6 months ago

We say no to drug abuse


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Njamin 6 months ago

Visit Dubai and tell me if you can simply buy a beer.But nw in zimbabwe the situation is complex. Makakwida doro racho the youth simply will turn to any doro riricheap. Even now there is a variety of the cheap liquor under their nose. Twumbwa, twufreezit twuSoja tunotozotengwa worse than before. Kunwa diro usually its a matter of choice. Kushaya basa hazvis zvingape munhu kuva drug abuser. Pfungwa ndidzo dzinopa zvese izvozvo. Makawana mari yacho youth vamwe ndovanoita ma party anonyafzisa fut. So pfungwa ndidzo dzakakoha. Zvaanotaura uyo kut steep the price yebeer ipfungwa dzake fut bt haana kupedza kufunga fut. MaCompany achi akasatengerwa iwo ariwo arikubhadhara tax munyika anokubhadharai here tax yacho or they close or shrink? DO ECONOMICS PROPERLY AND COME UP WITH HOLISTIC APPROACH ON THIS MATTER.


Coming soon 6 months ago

Igudo iro ririkudya nesu iro regai ritaure zvisina pfungwa unenge unorohwa nemukadzi everyday .Unemakore mangani garazviya uye mkuru wako ndiyani garazviya ????ok ok ndi Dog lost Monzvora ok pakanaka I am out machines pliz talk about the economy situation at present moment nextime are you blind and dea politically bcz urikusiya zvirikunetsa muno . Urikugara🤔🤔🤔🤔🏴‍☠️🇿🇼 mu Zim here ???? Maybe unogara China .


Jena jenna 6 months ago

Kwana iwe femai


Liz Mhlanga 6 months ago

Drugs are being promoted by our leaders who dont take serious steps when using youths especially at politics. I am sure all those pretending as if they dont know what is happening are just cheating us. Why is it that when you call youths for your errands you supply them with beer even masese? You know hapana vana venyu, muri kukuvadza vana vevamwe most of whom failed to complete school possibly due to drunkenness. In Zimbabwe we have lots of Chinese possobly over a million; it has been seen that China is sending many drugs which are used for illegal taking. In USA a lot of tablets are intercepted in cargo from China just as drugs come from South American countries. Dr as a professional in drugs as well should pay attention to this. Drugs are taken in mant ways in Zim by youths; pancakes, centcoolers & sweets at school gates, mbanje grown all over in homes gardens, mutotiro, ganje, tablets in streets, cough mixers, various beer like types from eg Moza, local beers sold in legal & illegal places, crystal meth + pampers distilled through used globes, kachasu & many others not mentioned. Govt is not serious on drugs & with terrible unemployment most youths spend time taking drugs in places well known by authorities. They dont care because most of their kids will be out of Zim, at private schools & colleges, some are in parents busimesses or farms, employed by friends. When we complain about drugs abuse they pretend not to have seen it anywhere but they are involved by supplying drugs. Mwari haasi wemunhu umwe uye anonzwa zvichemo zveduwo saka zvichamuvingayi neimwe nzira.

Jb 6 months ago

Femai n jamwanda makangofanana hamuna zvemusoro zvamutaura


Big 14 6 months ago

Umm, I guess it's a valid point yaisa but drinking authorised alcohol is better than taking mtoriro, cause look at this. Mtoriro unoita $1, saka pane kuti vana vatenge mutoriro, vakatenga zvavo beer rine 40% alcohol zviri nani than taking cheaper drugs. He makes a valid point, but kushayikwa kwemaBeer the more maDrugs paachashandiswa


Solomon Shaft Mining 'C0' 6 months ago

If you take your time to fully read and digest the article,you will appreciate that the guy talked some sense..#NoToDrugs


VicmanReloaded 6 months ago

Mutikwanire hanty


Kirango weMeth 6 months ago

Wozomwei wasati waita stage manage their abductions. Regai vana vistke...zvizhinji zvakastika around them kkkk


Gogodera 6 months ago

Ngazvidhure zvekuti vana vanotadza kutenga we say no to drug abuse vana vapera kungo stika


King KODZO 6 months ago

WAKAMBOONA MWANA ACHIMWA DORO. KANA RIKADHURA DORO MUCHAZITIPA MARI IMI VAKURU. MUCHAIONA NYAYA. HANDITI KANA TICHIMWA HATIKUDHAKWII HERE. MANJE YAMATANGA IYI KA MUCHAZITIPA MARI YEDORO IMI VANAYO ZVE. KUSVIKA MATI SORRY. DORO HATIREGI. KO VAKADZI VANODHURISWA VACHIDARO HAVAROORWI HERE. MUKARIDHURISA TICHARAMABA TICHIMWA CHAIZVO TICHIKUJWATURAI MUCHITI CASH NEKUKURUMIDZA. IMBIZVIZAMEI MUONE. TOTI NO JOBS NO BEER NO CASH FUTI HOOOOO MUCHAZITIPA JUST DO IT

Tombstone 6 months ago

Haaa ichi chakanyanya kkkkkk


Ht 6 months ago

Umm musadar aman soo tonwa mvura hr


TC 6 months ago

😅😂😂😂tomwa tumbwa.....nemaheu


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