Why I don’t drink beer: Pres­i­dent

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PRES­I­DENT Em­mer­son Dam­budzo Mnan­gagwa be­came a tee­to­taller dur­ing the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle in Mozam­bique af­ter he wit­nessed fel­low com­rades die of ex­ces­sive al­co­hol con­sump­tion.

The Pres­i­dent re­vealed this in July, 2015 when he was Vice Pres­i­dent dur­ing his of­fi­cial visit to China while tour­ing beer man­u­fac­tur­ing giant Ts­ing­tao Brew­ery Co. Ltd, in Qing­dao Shan­dong prov­ince.

Af­ter he was taken through the pro­duc­tion lines of the brew­ing com­pany, Cde Mnan­gagwa was in­vited to sam­ple some of the com­pany’s beer brands. But af­ter mak­ing a toast, he smiled and kept hold­ing his beer mug, much to the amuse­ment of the hosts and his del­e­ga­tion, who ex­pected him to take a sip.

Other mem­bers of his del­e­ga­tion, in­clud­ing the Min­is­ter of In­dus­try and Com­merce Dr Mike Bimha, quickly emp­tied their mugs.

Cde Mnan­gagwa then ex­plained: “Let me tell you some­thing. I used to drink al­co­hol a lot dur­ing the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle but ab­stained af­ter we lost some of our finest men not be­cause of bul­lets or bombs from the en­emy, but due to ex­ces­sive con­sump­tion of al­co­hol.

“We then sat down as com­man­ders and said can we al­low this to con­tinue? Can we con­tinue to lose our men to al­co­hol? Since that time I have never taken al­co­hol,’’ he said.

- Pic­ture by Ha­tred Ze­nenga.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa, then Vice Pres­i­dent, ex­plains why he does not drink beer to Chi­nese di­rec­tors of Ts­ing­tao Brew­ery Co. Ltd. Look­ing on (left) is Dr Mike Bimha.

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