Uganda has banned the production, sale, and consumption of alcohol packaged in sachets.
According to local media outlets, sachet alcohol was declared illegal in 2017 on the basis of health and environmental concerns, however, 31st May, 2019 was announced as the deadline for stoppage of manufacturing and distribution of the products.
During a press briefing,Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango revealed that companies who don’t comply with the ban order would be closed.
The government has now tasked alcohol producers to install bottling machinery for packing gins beyond 200-millilitre quantities.
In the latest WHO Global Alcohol Status Report 2018,Uganda has the seventh highest rate of alcohol consumption in Africa. Equally, 21% of Ugandans engage in binge-drinking, the WHO says.
The ban is one of the few measures that Uganda is taking to try and curb alcohol abuse.
It has no written national alcohol policy, and very little regulation of alcohol availability and advertising.
However, the government says it is also working on a law to regulate home-brewed alcohol.