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The Kampala Capital City Traders Association (KACITA) has warned government over Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill 2023.

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The Kampala Capital City Traders Association (KACITA) has asked Parliament not to impose time limit within which alcohol is sold in bars in Uganda, saying such a move infringes on leisure time for Ugandans.

“We need to understand that we have different behavioral changes and there are factors why they do happen. It is actually uncalled for. I don’t know whether the pushers of this bill have in mind that we have workers who have leave days, I don’t know whether they understand that people have their leisure time and so when you say before 5Pm and you haven’t put into consideration the clients that are contributing to this sector, I think it is wrong, said Abel Mwesigwa, Chief Executive KACITA.

KACITA also wondered how the provision banning sell of alcohol in public service vehicles will be enforced, questioning if Police Officers will now be required to accompany all taxis and buses. “Are we going to have enforcement officers in every taxi to check whether someone is drunk or if they are selling? Absolutely we can’t. it isn’t practical,” said Mwesigwa.

Parliament of Uganda last year introduced the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill 2023 with the intension of regulating drinkers especially the youths

Section 14(1) of the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill 2023 stipulates that a licensee shall not sell an alcoholic drink or native liquor before 17:00 hours and after 22:00 hours on working days and 12:00 hours and after 00:00 hours on public holidays and weekends