Uganda police arrest 160 for Drunk-Driving on Easter

By Nangayi Guyson-

Kampala, Uganda — At least 162 people  were arrested for drunk-driving during the Easter celebrations in the Capital,Kampala.  Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Emilian Kayima told the press on Monday.

Mr Kayima said “On Friday night, a total of 132 people were arrested for drunk driving while 30 more were picked along the streets on Saturday, there were only six accidents with no fatalities,” he said.

In 2013 , US broadcaster Cable News Network (CNN) described Uganda as a drunk nation ranking it No. 8th globally in a study it carried Titled ‘World’s 10 best-drinking nations’.

Uganda leads other African countries for drinking alcohol and the drinking started at any time without any restrictions since there is no serious law on Alcohol Consumption.

Last year, Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament, Betty Nambooze brought Anti- Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill before parliament and is set to be tabled before the house in the near future.

The bill is intended to replace the existing legislation on the manufacture, sell, supply, consumption and licensing of alcoholic drinks.

In the new bill still, no alcohol seller will be granted a license to sell alcoholic drinks in universities tertiary institutions, hospital, clinic, rehabilitation centers, prison and remand home.

The consumption, manufacture, importation, and distribution of alcohol in the famous sachets is set to be ruled illegal and no one will be allowed to sell alcohol in bottles which is less than 250 milliliters

The Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2016 will put a restraint on selling of alcohol strictly from 5:00Pm to 12:00Am and whoever will be found contravening the law once passed will risk spending one year in the jail or pay a fine of Shs2M.

The bill seeks to restrict the trade of alcoholic drinks to only people licensed by Government. The license will be renewed periodically and one will pay a yet to be specified fee to be issued a license.

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