dealers in Kotido District have been arrested for illegally selling and manufacturing
local gin in town.
In two separate operations this week, the police impounded 33
jerry cans 660 litres of liquor from Nakaplimoru and Napumpum where it was being
sold to the public against the 1966 Engulu Act.
suspects are Nickson Okello, a resident of Lira district and two others whose
identities were withheld, all residents of Napumpum Trading Centre.
The DPC Kotido, Apollo Kyangungu says they have all the
necessary laws and bylaws to enforce against people dealing in the unlawful sale of local gin.
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The 1966 Enguli Act prohibits manufacturing, sale of local gin.
In 2017 Kotido
District Council banned the sale of waragi in the district. In the council resolution, any waragi found on sale in the district should be
impounded and confiscated immediately.
also directed police to arrest anyone found selling, transporting or
distributing waragi in the district. Anyone found with a 20- litre jerry
can of waragi is fined 50, 000 shillings each jerry can and the gin would be
However, despite the bylaw, crude waragi consumption is on
Police say it’s difficult to enforce the law because the
suppliers are protected by the local leaders.