ANY villager caught drinking alcohol or reeking with it will be banned from a village for a year.
This is the new law laid down by mataqali heads and village headman of Nawi Village in Buca Bay, Cakaudrove, where a man was allegedly killed during a drinking party two weeks ago.
Iowane Uraia, 26, died as a result of alleged stabbing by a friend he drank with. Nawi Village headman Waisea Vuibau said a meeting last week agreed that no alcohol be drunk in the village or nearby.
He said villagers who wished to drink alcohol should do so away from the village and are to return only when they have sobered up.
Mr Vuibau said mixing of homebrew has been forbidden and villagers have been warned of the consequences of breaking the law.
He said their decision was relayed to the police, soldiers, their paramount chief, the Tui Cakau, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, and the Cakaudrove Provincial Council office.
Mr Vuibau said women and children have been victims of drunkards and the ban would also protect them.