By Kaweesa Keefa
Last week, I read with a lot of interest and dismay that the Minister of State and Industry, Mutenda was about to sign an instrument banning the sale of Kuber. But it is MP Bitekyerezo of Mbarara Municipality who raised the concern.
Fantastic, but in the same vain the minister of state for the youth, Ronald Kibuule had made a statement, which he has vehemently denied, that if a woman is raped, the Police should investigate her dress code to find out whether it was in conformity with standard attire rules or it was invitation for a treat.
These two episodes do not contradict but rotate around the youth though the second statement is toxic, poisonous, blasphemous, and riotous and can easily be considered sexist.
The author could be easily condemned, castrated politically and banned from addressing society with highly inflammable language.
However, that is only verbal toxin. The real gratification and appreciation is the banning of kuber. I would be in tandem with the youth minister, if he stated that if any youth was observed mouthing and chewing something similar to kuber would be inviting trouble because it is a stimulant.
Kuber, also known as khaini, is a smokeless chewing tobacco popular in India which is mainly used in place of cigarettes. However, kuber contains up to 25/00 nicotine making it highly addictive .It also contains cannabido and delta 9-tetra cannabidol (THC) which are primary ingredients in Indian kemp (marijuana).
American National cancer institute research studies show that kuber contains 28 cancer causing agents and its user takes in three to four times more nicotine than cigarettes.
Under the Food and Drugs Act, Cap 278 Laws of Uganda, the sale of food or drugs that are unfit for human consumption is prohibited.
Section 2 (1) thereof provides for an offence to sell, offer, expose or advertise for sale or have in his or her possession for the purpose of sale any drug injuriously affected in its quality constitution or potency by means of any operations described in subsection (2).
My submission is that all the intercontinental ballistic and guided written missiles hitherto being directed at Kibuule should be programmed to Bitekyerezo and Kakumba Matsiko issues.
Honestly, the law is there already but now minister Mutende states that it is going to take him14 days to sign an instrument. Is he getting a pen from London or Japan? Is the minister aware that kuber is a trade name and slang for tobacco? Is Mutende aware the same stuff was banned in Malawi and Tanzania? What about the latest introduction of pipe smoking shisha by the youth in Kampala?
All these stuffs have no major difference with cocaine, marijuana or cannabis. In the US, on August 3, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010. Per the Sentencing Project, "the minimum quantity of crack cocaine triggers a 5-year mandatory minimum from five grams to 28 grams and from 50 grams to 280 grams to trigger a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence.
The amount of powder cocaine required to trigger the five and 10-year mandatory minimums remains the same, at 500 grams and five kilograms, respectively.
The legislation also eliminates the mandatory minimum for simple possession of crack cocaine. We should, therefore, try to address some of the real causes of abnormal youth behaviours which have resulted into indecent dressing rather than the symptoms of after use of the sex stimulants which are being carried out openly in our midst under the guise of democracy, independence, freedom of the youth, free investment and trade while contaminating and intoxicating the youth.
The writer is a Lawyer and CEO. firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.O772455270.