Alcoholism: Kabale District Fails to Implement By-Law

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In short
According to the by-law, any bars found violating the law are liable to closure, confiscation of their liquor and a fine of UGX 40,000.

Kabale district is yet to operationalize a by-law regulating drinking hours two years after it was passed. Under the by-law drinking joints are restricted to opening at 04:00pm and close by 10:00pm each day. According to the by-law, any bars found violating the law are liable to closure, confiscation of their liquor and a fine of UGX 40,000.  
The by-law was aimed at stemming alcoholism, which is being blamed for increased cases of domestic violence and laziness amongst young people.  The failure by Kabale district to enforce the by-law is an issue of concern for civil society organizations and women leaders.  Florence Tumuheirwe is the field officer Forum for women in Democracy in Kabale district.
She says the rate of alcoholism is alarming in the district, adding that, there is need to enforce the by law regulating drinking hours without any further delay.  She says they welcomed the by-law because it would go a long to check on alcoholism but its implementation has failed to take off.
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James Muhumza is the World Vision manager Kabale Branch. He says that they recently carried out a survey, which found out that alcoholism has greatly contributed to the high poverty levels in the district.
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He sales the rates of malnutrition and infant death are also alarming since the men are not bothered on the welfare of their families.
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James Mugisha, the Principal Assistant Secretary Kabale says the district leadership is working hard to ensure that the by-law is enforced. He says the law has failed to take route because of lack of political will from the lower councils since some of the bars belong to enforcement officers.
Mugisha says some local leaders consume more alcohol than the locals making it hard for them to take action. He says they will get back to the drawing board to see how to efficiently implement the law.


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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

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