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Old January 20th, 2011, 08:14 AM   #1
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Kenyans forced to go to Uganda to be able to drink alcohol

[IMG]Kenyans at Malaba border are drinking their beer in Uganda to escape the long arm of the law of the new Alcoholic Drinks Control Act.


More than 70 bars on the Kenyan side remain closed until 5pm, but those on the Ugandan side are usually packed with Kenyans all day.

Kenyans said they drink in Malaba, Uganda, because even local brews like chang’aa and busaa are legalised in Uganda.

“Police officers just watch as we take chang’aa or busaa from local bars that sell from morning up to 11pm without interfering with people, unlike in Kenya where people are always on the run avoiding arrest by police officers,” Mr Joseph Oroni said.

The Nation learnt that official drinking hours of local brew is supposed to be from noon. But those selling always flout the rules in order to get quick money.

Sellers have early patrons, especially truck drivers who normally go there to pass time. The drivers have free time as they wait for their trucks to be cleared either from Kenyan or Ugandan side before proceeding with their journey.

Food is in plenty at every bar in Malaba, Uganda, and customers eat first and drink later to avoid drinking on an empty stomach.

“Ugandans believe that one must eat food first before taking beer,” Mr Moses Mukiibi said, adding that apart from ready-made food, butcheries boil or roast meat on order.

Mr Mukiibi said that most Kenyans prefer taking local brew in Uganda because some of them have formed groups where members pay only Sh60 a day equivalent to USh1,200 to drink from a pot using straws.

Bar owners at the Kenya-Uganda border said introduction of the control law had cost them heavily and some might close business altogether.

“We have been sacking some bar maids because we are not making any profit following the introduction of the law. Our customers now go to Uganda where there is freedom,” bar owner Joseph Kimani said.

Business was booming before the new law, especially with truck drivers along the Malaba-Bungoma highway. “But things have changed because bar owners in Uganda are now celebrating.

“People are regretting why they voted for the new Constitution because we did not know that it would turn against us in the end,” Mr Adungosi said.

“People say that they would rather take beer in Malaba, Uganda, because they fear being arrested if found drinking in Kenya before the stipulated hours by the government following the new Alcoholic Drinks Control Act,” Mr James Ngugi said.

Kenyans said they cannot raise the heavy fines imposed for drinking outside the official time. They said that East Africa countries, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, should have a standardised time of bars.

”Everything within the three countries should be similar instead of each country operating differently and yet we claim to be one under a common market launched in July last year,” a clearing agent said.

Bar owners have been going to court seeking the Act’s dismissal. On Wednesday, they won Round Two of the battle after the High Court extended orders halting the implementation of the new law until January 24, when High Court judge Daniel Masinga is expected to make a ruling.
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There's a time limit on when you drink

It reminds me of the US alcohol sale laws. I think it's ridiculous.
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Old January 20th, 2011, 10:08 AM   #3
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There's a time limit on when you drink

It reminds me of the US alcohol sale laws. I think it's ridiculous.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_law

Its called "blue law" things like this makes me laugh when they say America is really a separation of church & state/government
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Old January 20th, 2011, 12:06 PM   #5
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[IMG]Kenyans at Malaba border are drinking their beer in Uganda to escape the long arm of the law of the new Alcoholic Drinks Control Act......

“People are regretting why they voted for the new Constitution because we did not know that it would turn against us in the end,” Mr Adungosi said.......


First of all, the law is to prevent people from drinking till they are Kaput. Thousands of people have already died from contaminated brew.

Secondly, I go ahead and regret the new constitution, after all, it was only made with YOU in mind .
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Old January 20th, 2011, 01:06 PM   #6
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it should even have been banned!
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“People are regretting why they voted for the new Constitution because we did not know that it would turn against us in the end,” Mr Adungosi said.
someone explain to me what do the new alcohol rules got to do with the new constitution???

i think these new alcohol are sh!t. some lobby group in parliament wants to control the lives of kenyans. this is the same lobby group that successfully lobbied for the new noise levels in nairobi, right?
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Old January 20th, 2011, 06:15 PM   #8
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For me, this law is okay. In Galicia, alcohol is the leading cause of traffic accidents.
Here in Barcelona (Spain in general) it's illegal to smoke in restaurants and bars.
And yet, I don't see people complaining about the constitution. We Africans
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well the judges suspended the laws till further consultations
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Old January 20th, 2011, 07:08 PM   #10
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have they ever heard of backwash?
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someone explain to me what do the new alcohol rules got to do with the new constitution???

i think these new alcohol are sh!t. some lobby group in parliament wants to control the lives of kenyans. this is the same lobby group that successfully lobbied for the new noise levels in nairobi, right?
No man,I liked those laws.There is no reason people should be drinking until 4 am on a weekday.Most accidents in Nairobi and Kenya happen around the same times..
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have they ever heard of backwash?
You dont question tradition!
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I think Uganda should follow the Kenyan example, people get up at 5 am to drink. Our population might be overwhelmed by drunkards soon
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I think Uganda should follow the Kenyan example, people get up at 5 am to drink. Our population might be overwhelmed by drunkards soon
ssegawa u r welcome....lets corparate more
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Is this thread haunted?
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Stop This BS ur doing grow up!!!!!!!
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