By Fanny Kalonda
LOCAL government minister Gary Nkombo has apologised to the woman and children who he forced to take the locally brewed illicit alcoholic beverage called kachasu.He however says no compensation will be made as compensating her will mean supporting the idea of brewing kachasu.
“My engagement with the press is first to tender an apology to the lady who we contacted this morning to try and talk to her on the trauma caused. I would like to state that I am very sorry,’’ Nkombo said when he addressed journalists in Lusaka today. ‘’I have searched my soul and reflected upon my action of inducing a brewer of kachasu on her and her children who are adults, to drink the harmful beer was disproportionate to the effort of correcting a wrong on my part and I take full responsibility for that. I render my unequivocal apology to her, the children and the nation …We will continue to curb the crime of Kachasu brewing using laws while dully respecting the rights of offenders.”
He however refuted media claims that government was targeting the vulnerable in society.
Nkombo said there is no element of discrimination in relation to someone’s social standing in dealing with such matters.
“I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to members of the public who are aware of this illicit trade not to forget the devastating effects of Kachasu and other drugs on citizenry, especially the young and vulnerable to report to relevant authorities and by so doing save people’s lives,’’ said Nkombo.