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As the country is forced into lockdown by the killer virus, COVID-19, women around Ngamiland who are faced with the insurmountable task of feeding young children and their families continue to be arrested for illegal sales of home brewed liquor.

In Seronga for instance three women aged between 25 and 40 were arrested for defying the ban of liquor sales and charged for the offence.

Confirming the charges, Seronga police station commander, Peter Masole said the women were caught in different homes following tip offs from members of the community.

“Seronga is a relatively small village and people are generally complying with the lockdowm regulations except a few who still make homebrews and secretly sell from their homes,” Masole has explained.

Seronga is one of the poorest villages in the country with very few job opportunities.

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On arrests the women usually plead and ask for forgiveness, of which they are mainly charged with admission of guilt which usually attracts a P500 fine.

Their excuses according to the police is that they are selling the beer because it is their only source of income to support their families.

However Masole has warned the culprits that the sale of alcohol is illegal and police will charge bothe buyers and customers.

“They cover the brews with blankets but usually in such a place there is movement of people who come in and out. The buyers often bring own containers,” added Masole.

Last week Officer commanding for policing district 5, Peter Gochela revealed that it is evident that people continue to sneak out of their homes to buy home brews during the lockdown.

Gochela indicated that they have charged several brewers who are mostly women for defying the liquor sales ban.

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