Latest news & views

Sachet ban: Where are we at?

(This update was written in July this year.)

Anyone remember these? The 40% spirits packaged in a convenient little 100ml plastic sachet available in every single local shop for only 25 NZ cents?

Unfortunately, they are still everywhere. I biked to a meeting yesterday and the road was littered with them. I spied a 10 year-old sucking on one in her school uniform at 9:30am.

We began our fight to ban them at the beginning of last year. Our community organizing group, Wakonye Kenwa, campaigned on the radio. We presented our research to Gulu District Council. We lobbied Councilors and found them NGO funding from 8 different groups to fund their law making process. We found them a pro-bono lawyer to draft the law. We helped organize and pushed through all 6 law making meetings. When progressed stalled we collected over 10 000 signatures in support of the move to ban sachets, and organized our religious leaders to lead a public march to present the petition to Gulu District Council as a public statement of support for the process (and a wee nudge - kindly get on with it!).

4 thoughts on “Sachet ban: Where are we at?

  1. Bless you for your fortitude in getting this far. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I’m trusting the Lord for a break through, Nothing is impossible with Him. Hang in there!

  2. I feel for you and all the hiccups and delays but praise God for your tenacity and determination to continue. Praying that this law will be passed and policed by the authorities.

  3. We remember – and we wondered where it had got to. A case of change for the better is great; changing anything so the better can emerge is a long, slow and resisted process. Well done for keeping on keeping on.

  4. Hang in there Tessa. It was always going to be a long road, and you have gone so far. There were a lot of people at your march, and the petition was big enough to be noted.

    Finance is probably at the bottom of the delay. The sachets would be a good earner for the Government coffers.

Comments are closed.