Haufiku wants alcohol prices increased

27 May 2015 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 27 MAY (NAMPA) – Minister of Health and Social Services Bernard Haufiku wants the Liquor Act amended so that higher taxes can be levied on alcohol.
Addressing healthcare workers in Windhoek on Wednesday, Haufiku said alcohol is Namibia’s “biggest enemy” and he therefore wants it to be made unaffordable.
“Bad attitude in the work place and absenteeism, amongst others, are linked to alcohol abuse,” he said.
The minister said he wants alcohol to only be accessible to people who can afford it.
“Those who can afford expensive alcohol are also responsible drinkers,” he said.
He also criticised the operating hours of outlets that sell alcohol in Namibia.
According to liquor licence regulations, some liquor licence holders may operate until 19h00 on weekdays and 13h00 on Saturdays, while alcohol sales are not permitted on Sundays.
There are however unlicensed outlets where alcohol is available at any time of the day.
“It is disappointing to note that formal alcohol retailers should be closed on Sundays, but go to Katutura and you will find alcohol everywhere on Sundays. This is not acceptable,” Haufiku fumed.
He also called on church leaders to educate Namibians on the dangers of alcohol abuse.