Women in Matany sub-county can now breath a sigh of relief after the Moroto district authorities banned the consumption of waragi, a local potent gin
The district security committee is to destroy over 1,000 jerrycans of the gin that was impounded at Matany trading centre on Wednesday.
The chief administrative officer, Luke Lokuda, said, â€œThe women have complained they no longer produce because their husbands snore in bed all night long after drinking large quantities of the gin.â€
He said the women had been fighting hard to ensure the ban on the trade and consumption of the gin was implemented. Lokuda said the waragi would be destroyed in order to restore sanity and protect the lives of the people.
He said the UPDF would be used to provide security as the waragi and their containers are destroyed.
Lokuda said the 618 jerrycans impounded were being kept at the Matany Police Post while another 400 jerrycans were locked up in shops at the trading centre.
The consignment to be destroyed is worth sh20m.
Lokuda said the owners of the waragi had threatened to attack the home of the deputy chief administrative officer, Aloysius Aloka, for leaking information about the meeting between the waragi owners and the sub-county local council to negotiate a fine.
Lokuda said the district imposed the ban following reports that many people had died after consuming the potent gin.
He said some members of the sub-county local council had wanted the owners of the waragi fined and the money used to boost the district revenue. But Lokuda said the law was clear and the district authorities would not negotiate the matter.
â€œWe shall destroy the waragi and burn the jerrycans,â€ he said.
Waragi ban tickles women