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Woman arrested for bottling and selling ‘fake’ alcohol

Author: Alhadi Hawari | Published: Friday, August 9, 2019

Some of the adulterated liquor confiscated from the woman in Juba. Credit//Hot in Juba

A woman suspected of brewing illicit liquor in Juba has been arrested, the Deputy Mayor of Juba City Council has said.

The woman, identified as Madam Joyce, was arrested two days ago, after she was found brewing – using her own equipment and chemicals -and selling the illicit liquor.

According to the Juba city authorities, the woman imported three drums of spirit she used to brew the alcohol.

The Deputy Mayor, Thiik Thiik Mayardit said she also imported empty plastic bottles from Kenya and used some devices to measure and label her own trademark as; Klassic Royal Gin.

The adulterated product is made similar to the popular Tanzanian Konyagi Gin, a spirit drink based on molasses made from sugarcane.

Madam Joyce is suspected to have conducted her business -unnoticed -for the last 3 years.

Thiik told Eye Radio that the matter was not detected earlier because some members of the organized forces -who mainly consume the illicit brew -were involved in the violations.

According to Chapter 13 of the Penal Code, it is an offense on the public health, safety and convenience to sell adulterated food or drinks, including those not corresponding with the description on the label.

Thiik called for cooperation between the security organs and people in the residential areas to apprehend anyone engaged in illegal activity within their communities.

“We will prevent it when all of us the Juba City Council, the security organs and all the citizens cooperate to combat all these problems. The people in the residential areas where these people are living should cooperate with us, and the security forces as well,” he said.

The Penal Code says whoever sells or exposes for sale any article of food or drink, with which any admixture has been fraudulently made to increase the bulk, weight or measure of such article or to conceal the inferior quality thereof, without notice to the purchaser, commits an offence, and upon conviction, shall be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or with a fine or with both.

It also states that whosever sells any article of food or drink which is not of nature, substance, and quality demanded by the purchaser or of the article which the seller represents it to be, commits an offense, and upon conviction, shall be sentenced or fined.

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