Ugandans protest against new anti-alcohol comsumption law
15 October 2016, 17:50
Kampala - A cross section of Ugandans are protesting against the proposed law on alcohol consumption.
The new law, which is still under scrutiny in parliament, bars people from taking alcohol during working hours and require bars not to operate beyond midnight.
"We are not children to be told when to start drinking and when to stop,'' said Primary teacher Samson Twikye.
Medical doctor Alfred Owinyi said that in modern era, people should be left to do whatever they want at any time.
''Why should they put limitations to people's liberty of taking alcohol? That is dictatorship,'' said Dr Owinyi.
A mechanic in Kampala, Paul Mutebi said that most of his fellow mechanics drink throughout the day as they go about their work and they do their work properly.
The Member of Parliament for Padyere county Joshua Anywarach said revival of cooperatives is the best mechanism to address the over consumption of alcohol because it will reduce on the high poverty levels in the country.
Speaking to journalists at parliament, Anywarach argued that laws like that are good but do not address the why reason people are resorting to alcohol.
According to him, alcohol consumption is due to frustration and poverty and some Ugandans think it can help them forget their problems.
He said, ''If the government moves in to search for markets for farmers through cooperatives, it will go a long way in helping farmers improve their living standards than talking about wealth creation through supply of rotten seeds under the Naads programme."
Uganda is one of the countries in Africa that lead in alcohol consumption.
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