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Uganda Alcohol Industry Association Raises Concerns Over Proposed Alcohol Control Bill

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The Uganda Alcohol Industry Association has sounded an alarm regarding the potential ramifications of the proposed Alcohol Control Bill, asserting that its enactment could deal a severe blow to the country’s economy.

In a meeting with State Minister for Trade David Bahati and State Minister for Investment Evelyne Anite, the Association’s Secretary General, Ms. Jackie Tahakanizibwa, implored Parliament to address the issue of the 65% of unregulated alcohol brewers in the sector before advancing the bill.

Expressing further apprehensions, the Association highlighted the anticipated significant tax losses, estimating a potential reduction of one trillion US dollars. This estimate is based on the industry’s current status as a leading taxpayer.

In response, State Minister Anite acknowledged the industry’s substantial contribution to tax revenue but emphasized the government’s duty to safeguard the lives of Ugandans. She underscored the adverse effects of excessive alcohol consumption, particularly among the youth.

“We want to operate in a highly regulated manner. The member [Tororo District Woman MP Sarah Opendi] did not emerge out of nowhere. What troubles me is witnessing young people on the streets carrying those small sachets, regardless of the time,” remarked Anite.

The Alcohol Control Bill, introduced by Tororo District Woman MP Sarah Opendi, seeks to regulate alcohol consumption by repealing outdated legislation such as the Liquor Act, the Portable Spirit Act, and the Enguli Act. Opendi has cited the detrimental effects of excessive alcohol consumption, including health issues, social problems like domestic violence, and economic consequences.

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