Preparations for Zambia to host the 5th Pioneer Pan African Congress on Faith and Alcohol in Africa have reached an advanced stage. The National Pioneer Chaplain for Zambia Fr. Charles Season, SJ has reiterated his call on the government of Zambia to regulate alcohol consumption through the enactment of National Alcohol Policy.
Speaking in Lusaka at a media briefing to announce the 5th Pioneer Pan African Congress on Faith and Alcohol in Africa on Friday, 17th March, 2017, Fr. Season, SJ expressed worry at the consumption rate of alcohol in Zambia and other African nations.
He said that alcohol has a great negative effect on the national moral and economic fabric, and demanded that Zambia implements the National Alcohol Policy before August, 2017.
Meanwhile, Fr. Charles Season, SJ has announced that preparations for Zambia to host the 5th Pioneer Pan African Congress on Faith and Alcohol in Africa have advanced with three countries confirming their attendance so far.
He said that Kenya, South Africa and Mauritius have confirmed attendance at Episcopal, individual and Pioneer movement levels.
Zambia will host the 5th Pioneer Pan African Congress in Lusaka from 21st to 27th August, 2017 at the Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Lusaka.
The Congress will be held under the theme; Working together to make Africa sober. The Congress will also attract teachers, counsellors, medical and government officials, who Fr. Searson, SJ said are concerned with the increasing misery brought to families and communities as a result of the abuse of Alcohol.
One of the highlights of the Congress will be a presentation by each participating country on its status of the National Alcohol Policy.
South Africa, Kenya, Mauritius, Tanzania, Uganda, Botswana, Zimbabwe Nigeria and DRC Congo are expected to attend.
By Mwenya Mukuka