New law on traditional brews
A new law to tighten the screws on regulation of traditional brew and Chibuku is set to be tabled before the November parliament by Minister of Trade Dorcas Makgatho-Malesu. During consultations last week, Bakgatla expressed support for the proposed law.
The new law incorporate some recommendations of President Ian Khama’s Morals Committee, also known as the Joint advisory Committee of Ntlo ya Dikgosi and Botswana Council of Churches on Social Issues.
It spells an end to dispoto or shebeens amid fears that it will hit the Chibuku business hard as it prohibits the sale of traditional beer and Chibuku from homes as is currently the case.
The Moral’s Committee headed by Kgosi Puso Gaborone recommended that traditional beer be regulated in terms of licensing, time of sale, ingredients.
The committee also recommended that the licenses for traditional beer be issued by dikgosi at [continue reading]