MBABANE: Thamsanqa Hlatswako, the Secretary General of the Swaziland Liquor Association said they will soon engage members of the public in the four regions of the country to report government’s refusal to lift the ban on alcohol.
Speaking to this Swaziland News on Wednesday, the Secretary General said they have done everything they can to engage government on the issue but nothing positive was coming out hence they were left with no alternative but to report and hand over the matter to the alcohol consumers. When asked to clarity the motive behind his association’s engagements with the public, Hlatswako said it seeks to influence protests against the decision by government to ban alcohol at the time when almost all businesses are allowed to operate. He said the ban was not only affecting consumers but their businesses as well hence the decision to lobby the public to put press on government to lift the ban.
“We are very disappointed with the way Government is treating us, at first we had committed ourselves in working with Government to mitigate the spread of the virus on condition that we are compensated for loss of business. As the situation stands, we are struggling to pay rent our businesses and landlords might evict us anytime from now. It is for these reasons, we are seeking assistance from Emaswati, especially alcohol consumers to join us as we fight against the alcohol ban. Emaswati should take a close look at this Government that has proven to be an enemy of her people” said the Liquor Association Secretary General.
Eswatini Beverages has reassured Emaswati on its commitment towards putting safety of the nation first during this pandemic. The company further warned the Government about the proliferation of illicit alcohol and smuggling.
Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini announced during a press conference that the extension of the ban on alcohol production, distribution and sale was informed by the high death rate which now stands at 2%.
Protesters during a protest recently