Why is Lesotho poisoning its youth?
It has somehow become a norm to watch young boys and girls drowning in alcohol and engaging in risky behaviour each month end.
I often wonder why our country finds it easier to poison young souls with alcohol rather than to provide them with quality education, skills and sustainable jobs.
Each month end is associated with endless accidents along our public roads.
Young people drink and drive freely from Fridays to Sundays. Most of those young people abuse alcohol so much that their faces can be mistaken for those of elderly people. Their faces are tired and seem to have taken a constant beating from the world and I often wonder whether those young people will one day grow up to be responsible adults.
It is evident that Basotho youth are abusing alcohol as a result of factors related to joblessness, a weak economy and so on but how long will this madness go on? Can someone in charge help us to un- derstand the following questions?
1. Why is alcohol not regulated in Lesotho? 2. Why is alcohol sold on Sundays? 3. Why is alcohol sold during working hours? 4. What is the cost to the economy of road accidents associated with drinking and driving? 5. Why is drinking in public permitted? 6. What interventions does the brewery have to curb alcohol abuse? 7. Why are the profits made from the brewery not invested in the National University of Lesotho? 8. Will the government of Lesotho relinquish its stake in the brewery and finance more schools, skills training centres and small businesses?
A nation that fails to take care of its youth is as good as dead. We need to invest in our youth. We need to give our youth quality education and jobs.
this madness of accidents associated with drunk and irresponsible people every month is affecting the tourism sector and the muchneeded foreign investment.
No one would want to visit a county littered with drunk drivers and unruly people. This madness simply has to stop!
“We must see our young people as the seeds of tomorrow’s harvest. If we lose them, we will lose the future.” Dr. John Henrik Clarke.
‘Mako Bohloa Mazenod