Zambia to host faith and alcohol congress

Fr Charles Season. PHOTO | ZAMBIA CONFERENCE of CATHOLIC BISHOPS 

The 5th Pioneer Pan-African Congress on Faith and Alcohol will be held in Zambia from August August 21-27.

According to a press release by the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops, the meeting will take place at the Pastoral Centre of the Archdiocese of Lusaka.

Kenya, South Africa and Mauritius have confirmed attendance, according to the press release.

The theme

The congress will be held under the theme; Working together to make Africa sober.

It is expected to attract teachers, counsellors and medical and government officials.

Among the highlights will be a presentation by each participating country on its status of the National Alcohol Policy.

Negative effect

The national Pioneer Chaplain for Zambia, Fr Charles Season, said the preparations for the congress were at an advanced stage.

Briefing the media in Lusaka, Fr Season, expressed worry at the consumption rate of alcohol in Zambia and other African nations.

He said that alcohol had a great negative effect on the national moral and economic fabric, and demanded that Zambia implements the National Alcohol Policy before August, 2017.

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