Police now confiscating banned gins, spirits in Aweil

Police have started impounding illicit spirits being sold across Northern Bahr el Ghazal state.

This is after authorities issued a ban last year on all gins and spirits sold in mini-liquor bottles.

They said that alcohol is harmful to the public.

The drinks include; Star-Gin, Master-Gin, and Uganda Waragi, among others.

Aweil Municipal Council re-issued the ban after the local authorities failed to implement it for a year.

The police is now conducting door-to-door campaign to confiscate the drinks from the shops.

“We have started confiscating all the star gins that are being sold in the market and  we have already gotten 3 trucks loaded with the Star gins,” said Captain Guot Guot Akot, State Police spokesperson.

He added: “We are proceeding to the Counties. This is an order from the [state] Council of Ministers that we are today implementing.”

Captain Guot stated that anyone found selling the banned liquor will be sent to jail for 6 months and pay a fine of 500,000 South Sudanese Pounds.

Deng Makol Athian, Chairperson of Traders’ Union in the state welcomed the move. He promised that the traders will cooperate with the state authorities.

“We have seen the police confiscating the star gin and other gins that are being sold in the market here and we welcome the decision because we have seen how these alcohol is destroying our young children since they can all afford buying it at the lowest price.”