BANNED: Ambassador Julius Onen's letter banning waragi

The government has banned the sale of packaged local brew commonly known as crude waragi, sold in satchets, effective September 30.

In a statement by signed by Ambassador Julius Onen, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Cooperatives, the ban follows a grace period given to Alcohol Sector Stakeholders to adjust their operations.

‘The purpose of this letter therefore, is to remind you to guide the implementation of the Minister’s directive and also to resist the measures that are contrary to government position.’ Amb. Onen wrote to all Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs).

He also implored district local leaders not to allow the sale of ‘all unregistered alcohol’ in their areas.

Previously, a number of districts, mostly from Northern Uganda, have banned the sale of waragi in sachets to little avail.