Moroto district has banned the illegal distilling, sale and consumption of potent gin (waragi), locally known as enguli, reports Nathan Etengu.
The chief administrative officer, Luke Lokuda, in a letter to the district police commander, said a number of people had died of enguli.
â€œIt is our responsibility to save them from this fatal liquor,â€ Lokudaâ€™s letter stated.
He said much as the district could have been realising revenue from the sale of waragi, the damage outweighed the benefits.
â€œIf we do not act now and save our people from this poison, we shall have failed in our duty to protect and defend them,â€ the letter stated. The potent gin sold and consumed in Moroto and other parts of Karamoja region is ferried from Sironko and Jinja.
Some of it ferried to Moroto and Nakapiripirit also finds its way to the districts of West Pokot and Turkana in Kenya. Lokuda asked the police to confiscate all the â€œimportedâ€ potent gin and have the culprits charged.
He called for appropriate measures to be put in place to handle all those engaged in the illegal distilling of the drink in the district.
He also asked the sub-county administrative officers and the LC3 chairpersons to co-operate with the police in implementing the directive. He stated that appropriate notice be pinned at strategic places to inform residents of the development. Ends
Moroto CAO Bans Waragi