Nambooze Explains the Need for Anti-Alcohol Law
By Serestino Tusingwire
The controversial Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill 2016 is expected to be on today’s order paper having been adjourned in yesterday plenary that was chaired by Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah.
Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze presented a key motion in Parliament, seeking leave to draft the new law, citing uncontrolled consumption of alcohol as the main cause of poverty, cancer, parents refusing to take children to school and unemployment.
Nambooze named Alcohol as a life-wrecker whose benefits do not match the problems it brings to society and its consumers thus need to be regulated as soon as possible.
“I agree we get a lot of money from alcohol companies in taxes. But if we calculate how much we are losing in terms of the after-effects, the problem of alcohol outweighs its benefits,” she said.
She also made it clear that the Bill does not seek to limit people’s rights to drinking and entertainment, but to guide the society.
“It is not a matter of curtailing the rights of people but a matter of guiding our society. It was not a mistake that our predecessors enacted the Enguli Act in 1964. All those laws now need to be updated because things have since changed,” she said.
The Nambooze Bill, among other things, aims to consolidate all alcoholic-related laws and set tougher sanctions on alcohol consumption by, among other things, creating national, district, and sub-county licensing and regulation committees.