The South Sudanese government has come up with a bylaw that targets smokers and alcohol consumers. The law implies that anyone intoxicated in public will be a subject to a specified fine if not unpaid community service.
At the press held on Friday at J1, President Kiir stressed that public intoxication is rampant and has raised crime rate in the country. The first hand information we received yesterday has it that the implementation commences next week.
We are told that the police and other public authorities will be watching streets for those drinking in public. At the press, President Kiir said, ‘Our streets are all dirty and littered with cigarette butts. As a nation, we are going to hold accountable reckless citizens who get wasted or smoke in public with the end result of causing public disturbance and littering’.
Makuei Lueth seconded the president’s opinion by adding that drunks in public will be handled accordingly based on their behavior at that particular time. ”I have received reports that even the underage drink in public which let me ask myself at times who are these insane people selling them alcohol”, Said Makuei.
The press’s main objective is to provide a conducive environment for those who neither drink nor smoke. The government expects people to smoke in designated areas and drink either indoors or out of children’s vicinity.
Stay safe out there and remember to behalf when caught intoxicated in public. For cigarette smokers, it is our suggestion that you find yourself a pocket ash tray.
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