THE Young Womens Christian Association (YWCA) has called for the closure of bars in Lusakas residential areas as alcohol was the root cause of domestic violence in the city.

YWCA president Lucy Lungu observed that the number of bars in residential areas was alarming.

Ms. Lungu noted that pupils could not study because of the noise emanating from the numerous bars dotted in residential areas and close to homes.

“Bars should not operate in residential areas and near schools and churches, they create an atmosphere where children are unable to study and there is no peace in the neighbourhoods,” she said.

She said the community could not raise children under such conditions and it was unacceptable that bars should be allowed to operate not only at odd hours but in residential areas as well.

Asked what alternative solutions should be put in place for those that make a living from bar business, Ms Lungu said there were other means of making money and that alcohol should not be the only solution for those living in poverty.

“When people are advised to close down bars, they say it’s their bread and butter, but how can something that is destroying the communities be your way of making money?” she asked.

She urged residents to consider other options for business like selling fruit, vegetables and food.

“Why can’t people sell food; there are so many hungry and poor people,” she said.

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