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Waragi consumption needs to be regulated

Waragi, also known as “enguli,” is a generic term in Uganda for domestic distilled beverages. Waragi is also given different names, depending on region of origin, the distillation process, or both. Waragi is known as a form of homemade gin. It is commonly called waragi in the Central area of Uganda but in the West it is in most cases called, “Kasese”. In northern Uganda it is more commonly called “Lira Lira.” The manufacturing of waragi does not vary too much in different parts of Uganda, only the ingredients are slightly different. During colonial times, waragi (War Gin) was created to give the soldiers confidence to go into battle during the war. This drink was banned and the law exists. At that time, Africans would not drink it publicly. However, today people in Uganda drink the harsh gin and the authorities overall ignore the law and do not enforce it regularly. This is perhaps why there are rampant crimes committed every day – By Ivan Wamono


Waragi has made him a millionaire

Deo Tukwatsibwe’s story is long. After dropping out of school in 1997, he thought of how he could be a successful Ugandan. In the same year, he started working in the transport industry as a taxi driver, plying the Bushenyi-Mbarara highway. Three years later, he joined commercial farming, at the same time operating a small shop at his trading centre.
“I stopped in Senior Three but I have no regret because I earn more than many more educated people. I became serious with commercial farming after I acquired land in my village. I started growing bananas on a large scale. I thought making Waragi a (local gin) from my bananas would give me more money,” Tukwatsibwe shares. Read More ….