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Police Plead With Parliament Over Narcotics Law

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Deputy Inspector General of Police, Edward Ochom, placed the blame on the existing weak and less deterrent laws against the criminals.

The Narcotics and Psychotropic Substance Control Bill has been before Parliament’s Defence and Internal Affairs Committee since 2007.

“Some time back, Uganda only used to be a conduit. Today, we are consumers of these fatal drugs and there is all evidence to that,” he said.


“Whoever police has arrested and taken to court, our records say over 95% have pleaded guilty, simply because the punishment they know is too lenient.”

Ochom noted that convicts normally get a few months in jail or are made to pay a fine not exceeding Shs 1m.

“And when the case finds a lenient judge or the provisions of “First Offender” are involved, one could be fined as little as Shs 20,000.”

The AIGP asked Parliament to pass the Bill for the sake of the young generation which is currently under a great threat from narcotics.

The Bill which still under scrutiny, proposes strict punishment to users, dealers and promoters of narcotic drugs.

For instance, it sets life imprisonment for hardcore traffickers or a fine of not less that Shs 10m or three times the value of the drug in question.

Non-users such as landlords in the know of tenants who use narcotics also face tough punishments, if they don’t report them to authorities.

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