Turkana Leaders Want Cross-border Sale Of Alcohol Stopped

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Leaders from Kenya’s Turkana region have asked the Uganda government to ban or control the sale of locally made alcohol across the border. Benard Odino, a Senior District Officer in Loima District, explains that the Karimojong move to Kenya and get a goat for five sachets of alcohol commonly known as Waragi.

Leaders from Kenya’s Turkana region have asked the Uganda government to ban or control the sale of locally made alcohol across the border.

The move follows increased cases of severe alcoholism among the Kenyan pastoralists including the Turkana.

Benard Odino, a Senior District Officer in Loima District, explains that the Karimojong move to Kenya and get a goat for five sachets of alcohol commonly known as Waragi. He adds that people have lost animals more especially goats and camels in this business. He appeals to the Uganda Government to find means of regulating the sale of sachet Waragi among the Karimojong which later finds its way into Kenya.

Patrick Losikei, a member of the constituent assembly in Kenya says consumption of alcohol has reached an alarming state in the Turkana region. He explains that the Karimojong have duped the Turkana that the gin is medicine to stomach and chest-related illnesses. He goes on to say that most elders now rush to barter their animals for the potent gin.

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Geoffrey Eyanai, the Turkana Region Constituent Assembly Speaker, asks the Uganda government to ban the production and sale of the gin. He attributes cases of violence in the Turkana region to increased sale of Waragi. He notes that most parents have now shunned domestic responsibilities and resorted to taking alcohol.   

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Nahaman Ojwee, the Moroto Resident District Commissioner, advises the Turkana leaders to sensitize their people to drink responsibly. He explains that water or food taken in large quantities can also kill.

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Aruu County Member of Parliament Odonga Otto plans to table a private member’s bill on Alcohol control. The bill to be tabled in 30 days seeks to repeal the existing Enguli Act 1966. He says the trend is harmful to the country and must be addressed by bars being prohibited from selling alcohol before 5.00pm.

The Kenyan leaders were in Moroto to meet leaders in Karamoja and to learn about water harvesting techniques. Ends

 

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Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.