Nambooze's Proposed Alcohol Bill Hangs in Balance

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Odonga Otto, the Aruu South County, Member of Parliament, said he had failed to understand the urgency of the bill, adding that Nambooze seems to concentrate on the known effects of alcohol.

Betty Nambooze, the Mukono Municipality Member of parliament faced difficulties to convince fellow legislators on Wednesday to grant her leave to introduce her proposed alcohol bill. The bill seeks to regulate the manufacture, sell, supply and consumption of alcoholic drinks.
 
 
On Wednesday, Nambooze tabled a motion seeking leave of parliament to introduce a private member's bill. However, several legislators raised issues of procedure, with the aim of defeating Nambooze's move.
 
 
Odonga Otto, the Aruu South County, Member of Parliament, said he had failed to understand the urgency of the bill, adding that Nambooze seems to concentrate on the known effects of alcohol.
 
 
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Moses Kasibante, the Rubaga North MP argued that more people died of alcohol consumption during the reign of Amin that had restrictions, since they were drinking to beat time.
 
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At this point, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah interjected the legislators and reminded them that the rules of procedure allow legislators to seek leave of parliament to table to introduce a private member's bill. He insisted that Nambooze moves the motion and the House debates it before a decision made.
 
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In her motion, Nambooze referred to the Global Status report on Alcohol and Health of 2010 indicating that at least 89 percent of the alcohol consumed in Uganda is not classified, unlicensed, unregulated, adulterated, home brewed and illegally sold.
 
She also noted that the unregulated sale and consumption of alcohol makes it easy to be accessed by young people and adults resulting into alcohol abuse.
 
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MP Nambooze's motion was seconded by Luuka County MP, John Bagoole and Worker's representative Arinaitwe Rwakajara. 
 
The debate on the motion resumes Thursday afternoon when the House will decide whether Nambooze is granted leave to introduce The Alcohol Drinks Control Bill, 2016 or not. 

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.