Councillor for Lisasadzi Ward in Kasungu, Fyson Tchezani, has disclosed that local and uncertified distils especially kachasu is claiming more lives in his area than traditional diseases such as malaria and cholera.
Tchezani made the remarks at Simoni Village Ground on Tuesday during the open defecation free (ODF) celebrations in traditional authority (T/A) Chulu.
Concern Universal (CU) organised the celebrations with financial assistance from the United Kingdom Aid for International Development (UKAID) to raise awareness on the importance of having and making proper use of pit latrines to waterborne diseases, especially as rainy season approaches.
But the councillor digressed on the main theme of the day to implore traditional leaders to come up with deliberate measures to curb excessive consumption of kachasu to save lives of the productive youths.
Said Tchezani:”I would like to appeal to our chiefs to do something about it now. Otherwise, we will lose a lot of lives to kachasu and mkalabongo.”
CU programme coordinator for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (Wash) Smorden Tomoka said his organisation aims to improve access to water and sanitation in Kasungu.
Tomoka said the organisation has already addressed problems of open defecation in nine T/As nationwide.