In Thursday plenary chaired by Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze was made to drop her motion featuring a private member’s bill to regulate alcohol consumption.
Addressing parliament, the State Minister of Health, Sarah Opendi, said government was working on an alcoholic policy before the Alcoholic Drinks Bill 2016 comes into place.
She suggested that Parliament waits and then legislates when there is a policy to base the legislation.
“We agree that we must regulate the consumption of alcohol in the country,” Opendi said.
MP Nambooze then conceded and agreed to work with government on the matter.
Her bill seeks to regulate those who manufacture alcohol, and among others proposes a time for one to sell alcohol and also license for one to import alcohol.
Nambooze was later quoted by media complaining that her bill had set off a war with the devil himself prompting legislators to abandon her.
“Satan was around the corridors of this Parliament to influence members to oppose this bill,” Nambooze is quoted as saying, promising to push on.
Earlier, MP Moses Kasibante, rejected the bill saying alcohol killed more people when it was limited during former President Idi Amin’s time because “people were drinking to beat time”.
Aruu county MP Odonga Otto said if the Alcohol Control bill also seeks to regulate those who manufacture alcohol, it would affect the country’s GDP.