After drinking five bottles of Kachasu at a beer downing competition in Mzimba, an 11 year old boy, identified as Humphreys Chipeta, has met with death.
According to reports from his peers, the boy who, was an avid drunkard and had reached finals of the contest when he collapsed. An eye witness, Emmanuel Chirwa said;
“The contest was in categories. They took ages used in football like under 14 to under 21 then the seniors,”
“It usually happens and the deceased boy was a defending champion. We suspect foul play on the death. Otherwise, he was not just an amateur boozer.”
. “So, he didn’t die because he didn’t eat before beginning the contest. They all ate before the contest. Something went wrong,”
The illegal contest which was held in Chimbongondo area, traditional authority Kampingo Sibande in Mzimba was an eye opener to the way and manner in which under-aged children consume alcohol across the country.
The child protection officer for the area, Shanks Nkhata, promised to follow up the matter.