A youth non-governmental organisation in the country has condemned the move by Drug Fight Malawi to criticize the deal between Big Bullets and Nyasa Manufacturing Company saying Drug fight did not use the right approach by engaging the media.
Drug Fight is a local registered non-governmental organisation founded in response to the negative consequences of alcohol consumption, tobacco smoking and abuse of drugs among the youths.
Executive Director for Drug Fight Malawi, Welson Baziwelo, said their institute does not welcome the recent football sponsorship signing agreement between Nyasa and Big Bullets.
However, country director of African Youths, Moses Busha, condemned what Drug Fight Malawi has done saying they should have engaged into talks with the two groups and present to them what he feels will help in the contract.
“Drug fight Malawi has not used the right approach by engaging the media on the issue. They would have brought together Nyasa and Bullets and present their views on the contract,” said Busha.
He further said that much as different organisations are making strides to protect the youths and children the organisation should have also taken into consideration the example of Carlsberg which has been sponsoring football in Malawi for a long time but alcohol consumption has never been influenced by the sponsorship.
“If Nyasa has decided to support Bullets that’s their corporate social responsibility according to their plans and smoking will not be maximised because they are not supporting cigarettes rather on money,” he said.
He added that there are a lot of young people who depend on football as their source of income but if there are no sponsors for the teams that means they will not have something to do which is very dangerous.
Busha also said it is important that we focus on the support and Drug Fight should make use of this support to teach youths on the dangers of smoking.