18 Sep 2018

Solomon Islands police plan to extend homebrew action plan

9:41 am on 18 September 2018

The police in Solomon Islands say they will be taking their action plan against homebrew alcohol to the rest of the country.

Solomon Islands police with seized kwaso.

Solomon Islands police with seized kwaso. Photo: Supplied/ RSIPF Media Unit

The assistant commissioner said the plan, which has been used in the capital Honiara and wider Gudalcanal, will be taken first to Malaita and Central provinces.

Joseph Manelugu said homebrew, commonly known as kwaso, was a serious national issue that needed a co-ordinated approach.

He said the action plan targeted the underlying causes of brewing and consumption of kwaso, which was often significantly stronger - and cheaper - than store-bought liquor.

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