The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Richard Butera has said the police does not have the mandate to arrest drunken pedestrians.
The Uganda Police Force recently recently started a vigorous war against drink driving by putting up road blocks and subjecting drivers to the breathalyzer, zero tolerance for any one with a bit of alcohol in there system. As if that was not enough they went ahead to say that anybody got walking and is drunk will also be put in the coolers.
Parliament did not take this lightly and is to summon the Inspector General of police, Lt. Gen Kale Kayihura to explain why police is arresting drunken pedestrians arguing that the force has no right to do so.
Uganda has been grappling with the social problem of drunkenness. Just last month, a survey done by US broadcaster Cable News Network (CNN) titled ‘World’s 10 best-drinking nations’ indicated that Ugandans consume more alcohol than their counterparts in any African country, demonstrating the citizens’ undisputed love for the bitter.
Uganda is ranked 8th globally ahead of Germany and Australia at positions 9 and 10, respectively.