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The drinking will never stop

29 Oct 2019 at 11:09hrs | Views
The illicit brew 'kachasu' has come back with a bang after a long sabbatical. Its never seen but the effects are too glaring to conceal.

The singing has no notes and compiling them is like mating elephants, it has to be done with a lot of shouting and howling.

Even the dancing by kachasu drinkers is a blend of falling and some Russian roullette, no rhythm at all. The drink itself though illegal, looks very innocent and very clear but the effect is shattering.

A product of careful distillation where grain and dry yeast are used. The high prices of beer has left imbibers with no choice but resorting to drinking kachasu.

Brewing and distribution of it is prohibited but faced with 'unreachable' ales and lagers whiling up time with the boys has become impossible. When taking kachasu revellers have to be in hiding in case the law enforcers arrive unpronounced.

When that happens even the brewer attempts playing a Houdin, its a cat and mouse game. Its far much easier done in the countryside than in towns and cities. On farms and small mines taverns have been put up where kachasu sells like confetti. Those with no money can always 'eat now and pay later'.

With reddened eyes, kachasu takers have a world of their own, a mixture of happiness and grief. Sometimes even shedding tears for unknown reasons.

Thomas Tondo Murisa. Mash. Central.

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