Adjumani. Local authorities in Adjumani District have burnt sachet waragi worth Shs5 million in a bid to regulate the consumption of alcohol that has hampered productivity in the district.
The liquor was recently impounded by law enforcement officers who raided shops and drinking joints in Adjumani Town and Pakele Sub-county.
Mr Samuel Lagu, the town clerk, said they had started enforcing an ordinance against sachet waragi because several youth have lost their lives due to heavy consumption of sachet waragi while others have abandoned their responsibilities.
“I advise traders who deal in the sale of sachet waragi to shift to other alternative means of making money like opening up restaurants or farming,” Mr Lagu said. Mr Patrick Tanprupasi, the LC3 chairperson, blamed the increasing domestic violence cases and the high school drop-out on alcohol abuse.
“This is an eye opener, people who continue to sale sachet waragi shall be arrested and prosecuted before courts,” Mr Tandrupasi said.
Ms Jessica Mara, a resident of Adjumani Town, lauded the authorities for what she described as a “courageous decision”. She urged the government to enact a law to stop the consumption of sachet waragi.
In November last year, the Ministry of Trade notified alcohol manufacturers that the government had given them up to September 30, this year to stop the sale of alcohol packaged in sachets.
alcohol sold in sachets according to trade statistics.