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Moroto Leaders On the Spot for Sale of Waragi :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Moroto Leaders On the Spot for Sale of Waragi

John Lorot Apamulele, the former South Division LC III Chairperson claims he abandoned the business after several confrontations with police and other leaders. He told URN that he quit the business when police arrested him with Waragi worth Shillings 35 million.
Attendant in the shop of one of politians in Moroto, selling waragi sachets.

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Local leaders in Moroto district are the forefront of selling sachet alcohol to their communities. The sachet alcohol is easily accessible from shops belonging to local leaders and politicians.

Moroto district has been struggling to stop excessive alcohol consumption because it has taken a huge toll on residents and affected productivity. Medics and police rate alcoholism as the leading killer and cause of crimes respectively in the region.

While the potent gene is claiming lives and causing harm to the community, local leaders especially politicians are minting cash from the liquor. Calisto Iriama, the Moroto District Works and Technical Services secretary is one of the leading sellers of sachet alcohol in camp swahili.

                       

                           

His daughter who only identified herself as Irene told URN that whenever police threats to close their shop, the councilor manages to handle the matter. She also disclosed that they consult with the top district management on the business.

"We were about to close because of pressure from police and other people. They always tell us that this waragi has finished people but this is business. When Mzee consulted, we noticed that the Ban had been lifted.  So we will continue although some people now fear to buy it openly" she said.

John Lorot Apamulele, the former South Division LC III Chairperson claims he abandoned the business after several confrontations with police and other leaders. He told URN that he quit the business when police arrested him with Waragi worth Shillings 35 million. 

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Richard Aruk Maruk, the Mt. Moroto Region Police Commander has vowed to stop the waragi business in the region.  He says waragi sale should stop with or without the political will, saying several lives have been lost in the region due to excessive alcohol consumption.

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Gabriel Lobur, a Psychiatric specialist at Moroto Regional Referral Hospital, says excessive alcohol consumption has social and psychological effects. He notes that waragi is responsible for increasing cases of hepatitis, poverty and domestic violence. 

He says some people have ended up in the psychiatric ward as a result of alcoholism. 

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In January this year, the Trade and Cooperatives Ministry announced a ban on the sale of sachet alcohol starting on September 30, 2017.  However, the Trade Minister, Amelia Kyambadde reportedly issued another circular on March 30, 2017 staying the enforcement of the ban.  

But Joseph Osoto Opio, the Moroto Resident District Commissioner, says they haven't received the minister's letter, saying they will go with the first letter. 

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