MOYO. Moyo town council authorities in collaboration with concerned local residents have impounded a lorry with registration number UBA 488Vloaded with banned locally produced bottled waragi.

This follows the passing of a bylaw on 15th of March 2019 by the council which banned the production and sale of bottled and sachet waragi within the town council.

While passing the law in March, the council reasoned that it was to protect the defoliating conditions of the consumers as a result of bad effects of the unknown ingredients used in its production and to increase on the productivity of local residents.

One of the residents identified as Mr Caesar Chandiga said the impounded alcohol does not have either manufacturing or expiry date which may pose health risks to the consumers.

He, however, appealed to the police not to compromise with the law if the town council is to succeed in its objectives.

The town council chairman Mr Max Pier Madra said community members within the council were sensitized before the implementation of the law came into force.

He said the idea of generating the bye-law started from the various villages within Moyo town council after seeing people dying of alcohol-related diseases and high rate family separations coupled with hunger in families and domestic violence.

The officer in charge of Moyo central police station Mr Shafik Kasujja, however, appealed to the enforcement officers of the town council and the concerned citizens to act within the law in due course of implementing the bye-law.

He noted that the constitution does not allow burning such confiscated items in public places.

According to Kasujja, as police do their work, the public should not decide for them what actions to be taken against the law breakers especially on the bye-law as it spells out penalties for the affected individuals and companies.

Assistant town clerk Moyo town council Mr Charles Anyama said they will soon start producing the perpetrators to courts of law other than only confiscated their products.

He appealed to the neighbouring sub-counties of Moyo town council not to give rooms for sale and production of the sachet and plastic bottled waragi including other local breweries in order to improve people’s standard of leaving.

Other sub-counties in Moyo district that have similar bye-laws include Moyo, Lefori, Metu and Itual among others.