Otto, Kasibante reject Nambooze alcohol bill


MP Betty Nambooze

Parliament is Thursday expected to tackle Mukono municipality MP Betty Nambooze’s motion in which she seeks leave to introduce a private members bill dubbed “Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill 2016”.

The proposed bill seeks to limit sale of alcohol between 5pm and 12:00am.

“It is only in Uganda where you can buy beer at any time of the day without any regulations,” Nambooze told plenary Wednesday.

She argues that the bill doesn’t seek to stop people from taking alcohol, but to regulate its manufacturing, sale and consumption.

“It is only in Uganda where you can buy beer at any time of the day without any regulations,” she said.

According to MP Moses Kasibante, alcohol killed more people when it was limited during former President Idi Amin’s time because “people were drinking to beat time”.

Nambooze quoted statistics which show that each Ugandan is consuming 24 litters of alcohol a year.

“The proposed bill doesn’t stop people from taking alcohol, we don’t have proper data on the consumption of alcohol,” she explained.

“My motion doesn’t seek to abolish alcohol, it seeks to regulate the alcohol consumption in this country.”
Deputy speaker Jacob Oulanyah who was presiding urged MPs to let Nambooze move the motion saying it is up to the house to reject it or accept it .

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.

“For us Catholics, alcohol is not prohibited, such a bill would affect our religious beliefs.”

“The bill proposes a time for one to sell alcohol, license for one to import alcohol,” he noted.

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