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Weak Laws Fuelling Alcohol Abuse-Prof. Nazarius Tumwesigye

  • In Health
  • 28 May 2019 - 4:26pm
  • By Mark Wamai
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Prof. Nazarius Mbona Tumwesigye (Front: 3rd Left) and Georgia State University (GSU)'s Prof. Monica Swahn (Front: 4th Left) with GSU and Makerere students who attended the Alcohol and Harm Reduction Symposium, 24th May 2019, MakSPH, Mulago, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

Prof. Nazarius Tumwesigye of the Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) has urged policy makers to pass new laws that will address the rising levels of alcohol abuse in Uganda. Speaking at the Alcohol and Harm Symposium held at MakSPH on 24th May 2019, Prof Tumwesigye said Ugandan laws are old and inefficient to curb alcohol abuse.

"The laws are very weak and archaic,” he noted, explaining that when you are caught selling alcohol illegally, you pay a paltry UGX3,000 which is a mockery. Because the penalty is laughable, alcohol is consumed with reckless abandon.

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