Namboze’s alcohol bill facing stiff resistance from fellow legislators.

Members of Parliament have failed to agree on whether to grant Mukono Municipality MP, Betty Nambooze Bakireke her motion she wants to introduce on the floor of Parliament a private members bill regulating the manufacture, sale and consumption of alcohol.

The Mukono Municipality MP, Betty Namboze.

The Mukono Municipality MP, Betty Namboze.

Presenting her motion to the house, Nambooze said regulating alcohol consumption in  the country is a matter of urgency noting that the current laws Enguuli (manufacture and licensing) Act, Cap 86 and the Liquor Act, Cap 93 are outdated and no longer fit for purpose.

Nambooze said that the unregulated nature of the sale and consumption is what gives easy access to young people hence alcohol abuse resulting into effects such as irreversible physical, mental and social effects usually resulting in death.

However, Nambooze’s request to table the bill titled “The Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill 2016” met stiff resistance from a cross section of MPs including; MP for West Budama, Richard Othieno Okoth, Rubaga North MP, Moses Kasibante and Aruu County MP, Odonga Otto who all said the bill is not needed because it seeks to regulate those who manufacture alcohol which may affect our GDP.

Odonga Otto, was submitting before Parliament presided over deputy speaker Jacob Oulanya.

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