30 May 2007

Solomon Islands police to continue to crack down on brewing of kwaso

1:35 pm on 30 May 2007

The Solomon Islands police say they will continue to crack down on people illegally manufacturing the potent local brew known as kwaso.

The Police commander of Honiara city, Chief Superintendent, Nathan Ratu, says a squad of officers are being sent out on the weekends to carry out raids on homes where kwaso is being made.

Last week, the police seized 600 litres of kwaso, which has a 90 to 100 percent alcohol content, from a home on the outskirts of Honiara.

Chief Superintendent Ratu says there's widespread drinking of kwaso because it's cheaper than beer and it's causing problems.

"The fear here is that we're trying to crack down on this so that they don't expand out to the provinces. As long as we get the information, we apply for a court warrant and then the team carries out raids on the premises."

Chief Superintendent Ratu says there's been an increase in the number of drunk people on the streets and a rise in the incidence of domestic violence.