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Minister Onek pushes for a ban on sachet waragi

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Eng Hillary Onek, the Minister of Disaster Preparedness and Reliefs has joined the chorus of leaders calling for a total ban on the consumption of waragi packed in sachet.

Addressing leaders from Acholi sub region recently in Gulu town, Minister Onek warned that consuming large quantity of such waragi could cause infertility in men questioning how the drinks are made before it is supplied to the market.

Minister Onek says he suspects that some of the ingredients used for making such alcoholic drinks are chemicals used for making soaps.

This comes on the heel of increasing cases of suicides and deaths attributed to alcohol abuse among the families who are resettling at their respective villages following the LRA protracted war.

Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, the Gulu district LCV Chairperson says despite the health risk, Acholi sub region spending on such gins alone is estimated to be around 250 million shillings each month.

In 2010, a total of 31 people died and 17 others went blind after they are suspected to have consumed locally brewed alcohol.

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