Police Calls for Law to Regulate Sale of Acid

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Police in Kampala say they are powerless to stop acid attacks in the city unless Parliament enacts a law making the pedestrian buying and selling of acid illegal. Kampala police spokesperson, Simeo Nsubuga, warned today that only an act of Parliament would help stem the tide on acid attacks. He made the call after disclosing that Joseph Ssekitto, a 28-year-old electronics salesman in Katwe, attacked and burned his girlfriend Immaculate Nanyombi with acid. Nanyombi is admitted in Mulago Hospital in critical condition. Her boyfriend is being held for attempted murder. Nsubuga said it is hard for the police to effectively fight against acid attacks without a law regulating the distribution, sale and purchase of acid. He called on Parliament to consider enacting a law on the regulation of acid as soon as possible. //Cue in: iFor us as Police# Cue out: #buy acid.i// Acid Survivors Foundation Uganda is the only organization in the country, outside of the police force, that is actively advocating for a law on the regulation of acid sales. The foundation has so far registered more than 200 cases of acid attacks and estimates that hundreds more go unreported because of the stigma attached to it.