Campaign to limit alcohol consumption in Uganda
Local leaders campaign tolimit alcohol consumption in Uganda as crime rate is increasing
Local leaders in Uganda are urging the government to force liquor outlets to close before midnight to curb alcohol abuse.
The leaders have complained that the lax controls on alcohol consumption were contributing to social decay.
“A serious government cannot allow its citizens to spend more time drinking alcohol than that they spend on working,” said Peter Kaseke, a leader in Bwaise. “We want that to stop!”
Administrators have also added their voice to the seemingly anti-drinking campaign that has gripped parts of the country.
Michael Mugamba, an administrator for Mukono town, 21 kms from Kampala believes that “allowing people to drink up to late in the night has led to many people to lose their lives to thugs who waylay them on the way home.”
Mugamba said more than 20 people in his community had been killed by criminals late at night this year alone.
Some areas in Uganda have seen local leaders passing by-laws forcing bars to close early.
In Katanga Zone, about four kilometers from Kampala city centre, the local leadership directed bars in the area to close before midnight after the crime rate began to soar.
According to the chairman of the area, Hassan Sempala criminals were taking advantage of bars that closed late to cause chaos.
“They drink from bars up to late in the night before they start robbing activities. Cases of robbery and rape are high,” Sampala said.
He believes that closing bars early will reduce the criminal activities and also give security personnel the opportunity to take charge of night security.
Leaders in another town, Bugiri, 160 kilometers east of Kampala, are also mooting a ban on late night drinking.
Ugandans are rated as among top alcohol consumers in the continent.