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Police raid Nyege Nyege festival over shisha

The police Anti-narcotic department yesterday raided Nile Discovery Resort beach, the venue for the Nyege Nyege festival and confiscated hundreds of shisha equipment from revellers and vendors.

The raid followed a directive from the commandant of the Anti-narcotic department, Tinka Zarugaba earlier in the day for police to arrest users, dealers and confiscate their equipment.
 
A team of seven police officers stormed the resort and began confiscating the equipment, some of them full of hot charcoal as traders and users tried to hide them in the bushes.

Police raiding the festival 

While the order had been for arrest and confiscation, not even one of the dealers or users was arrested. However, about an hour before the raid, some of the dealers had already been tipped off by some police officers and hidden their equipment.

One of the dealers told URN on condition of anonymity that deep in the night, secluded places would be picked for smokers to use shisha. None of the police spokesperson could be reached for a comment as they were not picking their known mobile phone numbers.

Shisha was declared illegal after the enactment of the Anti-Tobacco Law of 2015, which restricts the use of tobacco and its products. Those found in possession of shisha are liable to three months imprisonment or a fine of Shs 480,000 upon conviction.
 
Parliament legislated against shisha based on scientific reports showing that the effect of shisha was worse than that of cigarettes.

Popular flavourings of shisha include apple, plum, coconut, mango, mint, strawberry, blue berry and cola. Wood, coal, or charcoal is burnt in the shisha pipe to heat the tobacco and create the smoke because the fruit syrup or sugar makes the tobacco damp. The smoker uses a pipe attached to the heating equipment to inhale the tobacco. 

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+6 #1 rubangakene 2018-09-09 17:41
When something has been sanctioned as 'devilish', it means it is devilish full stop.

This vindicates the earlier ruling by Minister Lokodo who was later overruled by the now re-invigorated Minister who used to work under the shadows of General Kayihura.

Such things should not ever happen again in Uganda in the name of boosting tourism. This is a real "immoral booster".
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0 #2 Akot 2018-09-09 19:10
rubangakene, agreed, yet,

There can never be real fight against drugs/tobacco/migration as long as there is market, dealers will always find ways & get toxic marchandise & migrants through!

Let's pray European electorates make their statement by supprting Nationalistic parties, as this will be save shithole countries emptied of their young while dictators-useless rulers go on with no youths organising to bring change!

See Cuba poisons developed world with their tobacco considered excellent, yet it's poisonous & danger to health!

Prevention is better than cure, especially in countries without National Healthcare!

We see how use of drugs-tobacco, abuse of alchool, are biggest threats to National health services in UK-France...& waste tax money!

How many orphans do drugs-alchool-tobacco leave in Uganda yearly?
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0 #3 Akot 2018-09-09 19:19
Is it not time police/army wake up as Museveni, the destroyer of Uganda, is almost owner of the country?

If Zimbabwe security forces woke up to see it's change of leader their country needed, why not Uganda ones, especially when Museveni will replace them with rwandese the moment he has full control of the country?

Has Musveni not, with help of UN-EU-Israel, made Uganda home for refugees/migrants/gool life seekers, while all ignor how Ugandans live under the monster who tribalistically rule them?

But of course, it's up to Ugandans to make their statement & this MUST be before they hand over their country to Museveni!
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0 #4 epharose 2018-09-10 00:23
this world is a free place y don't they just make every thing ligal to limit awearness cuz the more the government tries to fight it the more it gets popular just like they are going to bobi wine .
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