Kili govt closes down liquor factory in Rombo district

01Dec 2021
Correspondent
Moshi
The Guardian
Kili govt closes down liquor factory in Rombo district

THE Government in Kilimanjaro Region has suspended the production of ‘Babana’ liquor produced by TANBASI Investment in Rombo district for not meeting quality levels demanded by Tanzania Bureau of standards (TBS).

Kilimanjaro regional Commissioner, Stephen Kagaigai.

THE Government in Kilimanjaro Region has suspended the production of ‘Babana’ liquor produced by TANBASI Investment in Rombo district for not meeting quality levels demanded by Tanzania Bureau of standards (TBS).

This was revealed here yesterday by Kilimanjaro regional Commissioner, Stephen Kagaigai, soon after receiving report from TBS experts that showed results from the liquor sample taken for examination showing it was unfit for human consumption as it contained high level of aseptic acid.

The RC said the liquor is among the informal alcoholic drinks that greatly contribute to loss of the national labour force in Rombo area, increase of criminal activities and marriages conflicts.

“When I came to this region I was told by religious leaders that Rombo District has numerous liquor making factories producing poor quality alcoholic drinks that affect the health of users including death.

“So I made a special visit to these factories and personally took away sample for laboratory examination, and whose results are that the banana liquor is not fit for human consumption,” he said.

For his part, TBS Northern Zone Manager Happy Kanyeka said from the sample submitted the TANBASI factory showed that the liquor does not meet the required quality standard for human consumption.

“The liquor will from hence not be sold until after TBS makes an in-depth examination, we shall also look into the entire production process and will take more samples, and the factory will only be opened after TBS gets satisfied with the liquor’s quality standard,” she said.

“We shall also visit all other factories producing similarly type of liquor in Kilimanjaro region and neighbouring regions to determine whether they also meet the required quality standards,” added TBS Manager Happy.

Some of Rombo District residents, speaking to this paper said by phone, including Deogratius Tarimo, said the step taken to take liquor samples for examination will help in bringing changes to the liquor production in the District.

“As for now many of our youth are engaged in drinking sprees resulting in criminal activity including murder, marriages’ conflicts and we are asking the government to close down all liquor factories in Rombo District,” he said.

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