Botswana: Serame Urges Compliance During Holidays

Gaborone — The Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry Ms Peggy Serame says the feedback her ministry continues to receive regarding sale and consumption of alcohol has demonstrated compliance to the set protocols.

Addressing a press briefing on September 27, Ms Serame said there were a significant number of outlets that were violating the restrictions in place.

She noted her ministry's continued effort to work with relevant stakeholders to combat unlawful acts in the sale and consumption of alcohol, citing Botswana Alcohol Industry Association (BAIA) which had influenced the launch of the Whistle-blowing App for reporting of any misconduct.

Ms Serame urged the nation to comply by all means particularly during Independence holidays, hoping that next time she made a public appearance she would be addressing other important issues concerned with how the government intended to awaken other trade and investment sectors.

The minister said under the alcohol act, misconduct could lead to revocation of trading licences and punitive action could also be taken against consumers.

She added that they relied on continued support from government sectors including law enforcement offices and the general public to report any incident of misconduct within communities.

Meanwhile, BAIA Chairman Mr Mothusi Molokomme also urged the public to fully adhere to COVID-19 protocols by drinking at home, responsibly.

He said outlet owners especially liquor restaurants should consider banning music in their establishments and address the issue of capacity to ensure safe social distancing of clients.

Mr Molokomme pleaded with the nation to embrace the drink-at-home campaign and use the whistle-blowing App.

Furthermore, Mr Molokomme has requested organisations that seek further redress about the concept of #DinweleDladleng to contact them before publicly publicising their grievances on social media.

Moreover, he said it was important to unite in combating the pandemic and not to oppose one another's efforts.

In summing and to demonstrate the newly launched whistle blowing App SDK Digital Lab Chairman Mr Thabiso Botlhole said the platform would afford Batswana a platform to report those violating the set health protocols particularly at car washes, bars and restaurants.

He said the whistle-blowers would be completely protected and their personal information would not be shared with third parties.

Mr Botlhole indicated that his team would thoroughly investigate the reported incident.

He stressed that under issues concerning laid down charges they shall be working with government law enforcement agencies.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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