Man dies after drinking jugs of Coffee Spirit mixed with Torrero Liqueur

Man in Uganda dies after drinking 8 bottles of potent alcohol from Kenya

Kampala, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | A tragic incident occurred in the Kirinda Zone of Busabala, Makindye Division, resulting in the death of one individual and another left in critical condition after engaging in alcohol drinking challenge.

Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police Spokesperson, identified the deceased as Kigundu, while his companion, Nsereko, is currently hospitalized in critical condition at Kiruddu Hospital.

Preliminary investigations conducted by the police indicate that the duo, known for their heavy alcohol drinking habits, participated in a drinking challenge at Julie’s Bar over the weekend. They consumed multiple jugs of a mixture containing Coffee Spirit Waragi and the local brew Torrero Liqueur, competing to consume the most alcohol.

Eyewitness statements gathered by Kibuye police revealed that everything appeared normal until the pair consumed four jugs of alcohol. Shortly afterward, they collapsed and began foaming at the mouth and nose. Concerned residents promptly contacted the authorities, leading to their swift transfer to Kiruddu Hospital.

Tragically, Kigundu passed away upon arrival at the hospital. Mr. Owoyesigyire emphasized that investigations are underway to determine whether the alcohol involved was contaminated or if negligence played a role in the incident.

“Our officers have started investigations, that the mixture was laced with poison. But all we know is that this could have happened as a result of negligence from these victims,” he said.

Police have since cautioned the general public to refrain from such negligent behaviour. 

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“We call upon Ugandans to be more careful on some of these locally distilled alcohol drinks, some are too dangerous to the health of people,” Mr. Owoyesigyire cautioned. 

Tororo Woman MP Sarah Opendi has taken action in response to the ongoing deaths linked to excessive alcohol consumption by introducing the Alcohol Drinks Control Bill 2023. This proposed legislation seeks to regulate the production, sale, and consumption of alcohol nationwide.

Under the provisions of the bill, the sale of alcohol would be restricted to specific hours, only permitted between 5:00 pm and 10:00 pm on weekends, with sales prohibited after midnight. The aim of these regulations is to address the concerning trend of alcohol-related fatalities and promote responsible drinking habits within the community.