The sale of alcohol is set to be banned on certain days and hours in Zimbabwe.

The Government has crafted the National Alcohol Policy to curb alcohol sales following concern over increasing cases of abuse of the “wise waters” countrywide. The Sunday Mail understands that the policy proposes to bar the sale of alcohol during the week, regulate the number of hours to sell the products and provide guidelines on the consumption of alcohol during special events like parties and weddings on the basis of the venue in which they are held.

The policy is the brainchild of former Health Minister Dr Timothy Stamps, who is now Health Advisor in the Office of the President and Cabinet.

Dr Stamps argued the policy is the right pathway in maintaining good health as well as protecting people against alcohol abuse. Health and Child Care secretary Retired Brigadier-General Dr Gerald Gwinji said the proposed new rules are similar to those first mooted in 2010.

“The current one is a revised version of the 2010 draft after realising that the initial one had gaps.
“The policy is concerned with imparting behaviour change. Policies are there to give guidance to the general populace and various stakeholders. The reduction of alcohol abuse can be done partly through the law but the rest will be through moral suasion.”