Amuru district Council last week Friday passed an ordinance aimed stopping the distribution and sale of sachet waragi in the district.
The district Council session was held at Pabbo Town Council hall.
Apollo Okwera, the LC5 councilor for Amuru Sub County who raised the motion on regulation of sale of alcohol and banning of Sachet waragi in the district says, “The continued sale and supply of sachet waragi is affecting education and the health of the people in the district. Many of the school going children go with it [waragi] to school and drink it during class hour or break time.”
Okwera who ‘s also the secretary for health, education and sports says more than twenty percent of youths in the district have health complications due to alcohol consumption, adding ‘because sachet waragi is portable and cheap, most of them end up drinking’.
Amuru district LC5 chairperson, Michael Lakony says because of the cheapness of sachet waragi, most youths have become idle and end up gambling to look for money to drink alcohol.
Lakony added that Amuru district will move in uniformity with other districts in the region so that sachet waragi is eliminated and youth productivity is restored to achieve development.
Amuru district speaker Denis Rom revealed: “We are yet to assemble district councilors to harmonize the strategies of implementing the by-law that will come into effect this financial year.”
Rom, also a councilor representing Lamogi Sub County says the district is planning to hold sensitization meetings with the business communities in the district so they can understand the dangers of evading the by-law.
In May this year during the commemoration of Atiak Massacre held in Atiak Sub County Amuru district, the Archbishop of Gulu Archdiocese, Archbishop John Baptist Odama called for all the districts in Acholi sub region to consider regulating the sale and distribution of Alcohol especially sachet waragi.
Nwoya district local government in June this year passed a by-law banning the sale and distribution of sachet Waragi in the district.