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GABORONE-WEST IN FIGHT AGAINST BAN ON SHEBEENS

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Shebeen (pic from: The portfolio travel blog)

Angry Gaborone West residents have vowed to fight the government’s decision to ban the sale of traditional brews in homesteads to the bitter end.
Speaking at a consultative meeting called by their MP last week Friday, incensed speaker after speaker at the high density area strongly condemned the decision as a government ploy to plunge them into deeper levels of poverty.
A 27- year -old student, Jacob Seamogo who opened the discussion argued that he  grew up in a shebeen but contrary to general perception that informed the ‘traditional beer regulations of 2011’  he excelled in his studies and does not drink alcohol.
Currently studying towards a diploma in safety management, Seamogo said that his parents relied on selling Chibuku to raise and educate him and banning alcoholic beverage sale in homes would therefore impoverish them.  “My parents depend on selling Chibuku although we do not drink it ourselves. We  find no offence in its trade. It also did not in anyhow affect my education. To stop its sale in homes would mean taking away their source of livelihood.”
The concerned youngster pleaded with Ntuane to summon the Minister of Trade and Industry Dorcus Makgatho Malesu to their constituency so that they can register their protests on the ban with her.
Another disgruntled resident Joel Mogotetsi (32) suggested that it would be better if government was to come up with sale regulations such as  banning of loud music in shebeens at odd hours instead. In response, the Mp for the area Botsalo Ntuane assured the residents  that as soon as Minister Malesu arrives from her official trip overseas, he will arrange for a meeting with them.
Makgato-Malesu, approved traditional beer regulations of 2011 under which the sale of Chibuku, Khadi, sekhokho and numerous other popular traditional brands were removed from being sold from households with effect from June, 2011. These traditional brands will then be sold by licensed traders at business premises with functioning sewerage systems.
Ntuane also promised the residents his support in whichever action they wished to take to fight the ban-even if it included taking government to court in an effort to reverse the decision.

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