The government banned the sale of crude waragi that is supplied from Jinja, Lira, Mbale, and Soroti to Karamoja to allow locals to concentrate on development.
waragi packed i the sacks to comouflage like posho flour intercepted at the police check point
in the transportation and sale of crude waragi in the Karamoja sub-region are
smuggling waragi in sacks.
The government banned the sale of crude waragi that is supplied from Jinja,
Lira, Mbale, and Soroti to Karamoja to allow locals to concentrate on development.
the Police resolved to resume their operations against the sale and consumption
of crude waragi because it is partly to blame for the increasing cases of
insecurity. They observed that most of the raiders arrested in their operations
are either drunk or have pocketed bottles of crude waragi indicating that it’s
the driving factor for cattle theft.
Longole, the Mt Moroto Region Police Spokesperson says that their officers at
Nadunget checkpoint arrested a businesswoman Margaret Atyang with twenty liters
of crude waragi packed in sacks disguised as posho flour.
Longole said when Atyang was interrogated, she tried to convince the officers
manning Nadunget checkpoint that she was transporting the spirit to be used in
He said on the same day another truck used for carrying marble stones was
intercepted with 25 Jerricans of crude waragi.
also impounded another truck at Angorom checkpoint along Abim- Kotido Road.
Chemusto Francis, RPC Mt. Moroto has directed DPCs to release impounded trucks
found carrying waragi after securing a court order for the disposal of waragi in
order to make the business of waragi a risky venture for both transporters and
owners of the waragi.
waragi Police Operation which intensified in May alongside a simultaneous cordon
search disarmament operation has seen 1,583 Jerricans of waragi impounded by
security personnel manning checkpoints.
1,440 Jerricans of waragi have been destroyed
after securing court orders.